Vermont Poised To Officially Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Hawaii, Minnesota and Oregon also observe similar days. In Hawaii, Columbus Day is Discoverers’ Day, in recognition of the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands. 

“The shift to Indigenous Peoples’ Day sends a strong message to the descendants of the people who once were sought to be extinguished that there’s a renewed appreciation for their resiliency and contribution to our great state,” New Mexico state Rep. Derrick J. Lente (D) said in a statement after his state changed the holiday. “It is a time to reflect on our understanding of our country’s history, both the good and the bad.”

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