The Argument For Changing 'Columbus Day' To 'Indigenous Peoples Day'
The idea started in Berkeley, California, in 1992. Now, it's spread to cities around the country.By Cody LaGrow, Ben Schamisso | October 4, 2016
"You can't teach American history without Native American history," said Kathleen McDonald, executive director of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois. "I think people need to acknowledge that a little bit more."
"What Indigenous Peoples Day actually does is it reminds you how to actually understand what happened in 1492," said Eli Suzukovich III, a Northwestern University anthropologist.
In 2016, Evanston, Illinois, will recognize Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time. It's following in the footsteps of Berkeley, California, which first celebrated the holiday in 1992. Since then, cities like Seattle, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, have taken part in the celebration.