Don’t forget, Indigenous Peoples Day is Monday October 10, 2022. 🪶🪶 pic.twitter.com/Y8R4b8Lk5O
— Native American DNA (@nativeAmericadn) October 9, 2022
Indigenous Peoples Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. On October 8, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally recognize the holiday. pic.twitter.com/6B143hpV4F
— IL ASCD (@ILASCD) October 10, 2022
Pretty extensive list of events linked here:
Earlier today, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation recognizing Oct. 10 as Indigenous Peoples' Dayhttps://t.co/Tq0aMkfUg1
— ICT (@IndianCountry) October 7, 2022
One year after President Biden became the first U.S. president to formally commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day, more than a dozen states recognize some version of the holiday in lieu of Columbus Day. Here's the history behind it. https://t.co/aasFC7IVzS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 9, 2022
… How do Indigenous groups feel about the day?
Activists in cities such as Denver and Seattle have protested Columbus Day for years and in many cases have fought to gain recognition for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Unofficial celebrations of Indigenous cultures have also taken place, including on New York’s Randalls Island.
The Navajo Nation, the country’s largest tribe with about 400,000 people, has long voiced its support for renaming the day.
“Transforming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day will encourage young Navajos to have pride in the place and people they come from and the beauty they hold within,” Jonathan Nez, the president of Navajo Nation, said last year in a statement before Mr. Biden’s first proclamation.
However, some say mere observance of the day doesn’t do enough, and point out that no American president has explicitly apologized for the country’s treatment of Indigenous peoples. Others call it an important first step.
“I think it really recognizes that Indigenous people are still here,” said Alannah Hurley, executive director of United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a consortium of Indigenous communities in Southwest Alaska, and a Yup’ik fisherwoman. “We just have been struggling for so long for the vast majority of mainstream America and culture to recognize that — that we are not just in history books.”
She added, “We’re still fighting for our lands and our waters and our way of life. That visibility is huge because we have struggled for so long with being made invisible by mainstream society.”…
What about Italian Heritage Day?
Some Italian communities have called for a day separate from Columbus Day to celebrate their heritage, as Columbus Day originated partly as a response to anti-Italian sentiment. It was designated a national holiday in 1934, and in 1971 the government declared it a federal holiday to be celebrated the second Monday of each October.
New York City schools have tried to compromise by labeling the day as both Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Italian Heritage Day, nixing the Columbus Day title. There are still large Columbus Day and Italian heritage celebrations around the country, including the long-running parades in New York and the San Francisco area.
Mr. Biden issued a separate proclamation on Friday for Columbus Day, saying that “the hard work, dedication to community and leadership of Italian Americans in every industry make our country stronger, more prosperous and more vibrant.
Ideally there would be separate days for both celebrations, but in the meantime, compromises arise…
Monday October 10th
Join Natives at Harvard College in the Yard at 1pm on Indigenous Peoples' Day! pic.twitter.com/zW7SyqE5Q7
— Harvard Native (@Harvard_Natives) October 4, 2022
Boston celebrates our vibrant Italian American communities, their legacy & heritage!
Proclaiming Italian American Heritage Day in Boston this Monday 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/GVGMIZoina
— Mayor Michelle Wu 吳弭 (@MayorWu) October 7, 2022