Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday which celebrates the Indigenous peoples of America.

Los Alamos Public Schools calendar listing for today states: No school – Indigenous Peoples’ Day and San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain commends that acknowledgment by LAPS.

“I would like to recognize and commend the Los Alamos Public Schools for their forward thought and courage to establish today as Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” Mountain said. “Indigenous Peoples’ Day has become a strong semblance of progressive thought throughout the country. Locally, the recognition has allowed for education and openness to have positive affects across cultures. This move forward reflects the resilience of our Native cultures here in New Mexico and can only serve to strengthen and enrich all of our long existing cultures to survive and prosper.”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is held on the second Monday of October, coinciding with the designated date for the federal observance of Columbus Day.

Columbus Day is a national holiday in the U.S. and other countries of the Americas and elsewhere that officially celebrate the anniversary of the Oct. 12, 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.

Actual observance varies in different parts of the United States, ranging from large-scale parades and events to complete non-observance. Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont no longer recognize Columbus Day at all.

Opposition to Columbus Day refers primarily to the treatment of the indigenous populations during the European colonization of the Americas. The United Nations General Assembly adopted a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sept. 13, 2007.

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