This year, the celebration of the Day of Indigenous Peoples was announced at the federal level for the first time.
On Monday, October 11, the United States celebrates Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Since 1971, Columbus Day has been a federal holiday established in honor of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America in 1492.
The recognition that European countries brought violence, disease, and other sufferings to the inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere at that time has led in recent years to a reassessment of this holiday, including calls to cancel it and celebrate it commemorations of indigenous peoples.
Last week, President Joe Biden announced for the first time the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday.
As noted in the presidential statement, today, we recognize that many European researchers have brought injustice and atrocities to indigenous peoples.
“The measure of our greatness as a country is that we do not seek to hide these shameful episodes of our past – we honestly acknowledge them, identify them and do everything possible to overcome them.”
This Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated for the first time in Oregon, located in the northwest of the country, joining 12 other states in which this holiday is celebrated.
In South Dakota, the holiday is called Native American Day.
New York and Chicago are once again hosting Columbus Day parades – large-scale annual events that were canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Boston hosts a marathon featuring some of the best runners in the world. This event is not timed to any holiday; this year, it was postponed from its traditional April date, and the reason for this was the COVID-19 pandemic.