The first celebration of Columbus Day dates 1792 in New York, but Colorado was actually the first state to declare it a legal holiday in 1907. It wasn’t until 1971 that Columbus Day, or the second Monday in October, was declared a federal holiday.
This year, Oct. 11 is a day set aside to acknowledge the thousand of Indigenous people across the nation. President Joe Biden formalized this widely adopted idea by proclaiming the day Indigenous Peoples' Day.
(Related: List of 2021 Indigenous Peoples' Day events)
Tim Giago, founder of the Lakota Times and Indian Country Today, talks how Native American Day was founded in South Dakota.
Filmmakers Bennie Klain and Leighton Peterson produced a piece called "Columbus Day Legacy" to tell the history of Italian and Native American citizens of Denver.
Columbus Day was abolished in Colorado in 2020. It was replaced by Cabrini Day. It honors Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American citizen to be recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint.
Rick Waters is from the Denver Indian Center. Many cities across the country have adopted Indigenous Peoples Day including Phoenix. And 15 states also recognize today as Indigenous Peoples Day.
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