Los Angeles has just joined the ranks of American cities that have discarded Columbus Day as a national holiday, instead choosing to rename the celebration as Indigenous Peoples Day.
Columbus Day, which has been recognized as a national holiday since 1937, falls on the second Monday of October. Indigenous People Day will reportedly fall on the same day and it will remain a paid holiday for city employees.
Other U.S. cities that have adopted the new name is Albuquerque, New Mexico; Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; and Portland, Oregon. Indigenous People’s Day was originally adopted in Berkeley, California as a means of protesting the holiday’s offensive nature.
“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” said L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin.
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