Renee Gokey (Eastern Shawnee/Sac and Fox/Miami) and Dennis W. Zotigh (Kiowa/San Juan Pueblo/Santee Dakota Indian) summarize the history of Columbus Day and the growing movement to replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Their article lists the states and cities that now observe Native American or Indigenous Peoples’ Day. They write, “Even so, in 2018 Columbus mythology continues to be young American students’ first introduction to encountering different cultures, ethnicities, and peoples. Teaching more accurate and complete narratives and differing perspectives is key to rethinking history.” Click here to read more.
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture,”a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging,” has published a guide “to honor native land.”