Communities Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Andre Gurrola Rivera, Entertainment Writer

Indigenous Peoples Day will be next week on October, 10, 2022. The day commemorates the History and Culture of Native Americans. and promotes awareness of the trials and tribulations that indigenous people underwent after the arrival of Columbus.

The history of Indigenous Peoples Day began in 1977 at the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, in which the possibility of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on October 12 , 1992 was discussed, the day would mark the 500th Anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.

Before it was considered controversial Columbus day was celebrated eagerly by most, until the natives’ suffering began to be recognized by the majority of people. Many native advocacy groups have worked to change the holiday for many years.

This year is also the first year that Indigenous Peoples Day is recognized as a federal holiday, officially recognized by President Joe Biden when he signed a Presidential Proclamation making October 11th a national Holiday.

“I, hereby proclaim October 11, 2021, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Stated President Joe Biden.

Here at Preuss, our multicultural club does not currently have anything planned for Indigenous Peoples day this year but the advisor has said that they would like to include some celebrations next year. and will work with UCSD to try and bring some speakers for demonstrations next year.

Some ways that indigenous peoples advocate groups say that you could celebrate appropriately are to read indigenous literature, attend an event hosted by Native Americans, or watch a movie that covers the topic of Native American struggles.