Cities are celebrating Native Americans instead as Christopher Columbus Day becomes an increasingly criticized federal holiday. The cities of Phoenix and Denver will celebrate their first official Indigenous People’s Day. The cities are part of a growing movement to acknowledge Indigenous People’s Day, in recognition of the suffering Native American people endured during American colonization.
Phoenix is now the largest U.S. city to recognize Indigenous People’s Day as an annual event. Other cities that observe it include Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, Portland and San Antonio. In Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed Monday Indigenous People’s Day in the state, replacing what had been observed in previous years as Columbus Day.