Virginia capital recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day

Daniel Fowler
October 14, 2019

The order lists 11 federally recognized tribes and nations that reside in Wisconsin "without whom the building of the state and its cities would not have been possible".

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All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler.

It took another 42 years for Columbus Day to formally become a federal holiday, thanks to a 1934 decree by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nez criticized the federal government for making Columbus Day a holiday without asking for input from Native Americans and said the holiday celebrates "colonialism, oppression, and injustice inflicted on Indigenous peoples".

"We should honor the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands that also became known as the Americas and celebrate their contributions", said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her proclamation for October 14, 2019.

In some cases, one holiday has replaced another, and in other cases, the two will be recognized simultaneously.

Regardless of the University's decision, NASAND will be celebrating Indigenous People's Day and we invite the entire Notre Dame family to join us in celebration.

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The elected Framingham School Committee, in a split vote, made a decision to rename the holiday Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.

Just past year, the town of Carrboro, North Carolina, issued a resolution to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

As for me, I don't like celebrations and I'm retired, so every day is just another holiday.

A number of cities also hold official celebrations commemorating Indigenous Peoples' Day.

However, Patterson-Stephens said she is glad the general attitude toward Native Americans is changing, not only on campus but in different countries across the globe. Along with the importance of honoring the nation's often overlooked indigenous past, she said, she understands the importance of honoring Italians.

The day was first celebrated in Alabama in 1915 on the second Thursday of October.

According to, Columbus forced some native people to convert to Christianity, enslaved others, and introduced foreign disease to the people of America. Critics of the holiday argue that it ignores the fact that Columbus was not the first to discover America, as well as the atrocities settlers committed against indigenous people.

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