Wednesday, October 16th, 2019. Manhattan, New York City – On Sunday, October 13th, 2019, indigenous peoples and their allies gathered at Columbus circle (59th Street and Central Park West) to celebrate the NYC’s 12th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance.
Organizers said on Facebook: “(This is) an annual Indigenous event that remembers and honors the Indigenous ancestors whom suffered or were murdered by the invaders and colonizers in 1492 to the present day. We also remember and honor all the Indigenous African peoples that were stolen, and enslaved for the sake of racist patriarchal profit on Turtle Island. We honor the two spirit + LGBTQIA community and remember Black trans women who have been murdered in the so called “U.S.A.” We make space to call out the names of missing and murdered Indigenous women whose cases continue to go unsolved.
As the so called “U.S.A” celebrates the memory of Christopher Columbus, the Indigenous community remembers our ancestral memory of loss as well as seeking justice and healing from our collective ancestral trauma.”
Some people celebrate Christopher Columbus Day. Indigenous peoples and their allies celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The National Congress of American Indians passed a formal resolution in 2011 advocating for the second Monday of October to be renamed from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Cities and states have followed suit since then.
More and more cities and states in the U.S. of America are honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.
According to a report by Newsweek published on October 7th, 2019, “79 percent of college students support getting rid of Columbus Day to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples Day.”
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