8 Cities Have Cancelled Columbus Day in Favor Of Indigenous Peoples' Day

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For most of America, Columbus Day is coming up this Monday October 12, except in a handful of cities where the celebration of Christopher Columbus has been replaced by Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Because, you know, one can’t exactly discover a new place if nations of people were already living there for centuries.

According to U.S. Uncut, here are the destinations where you can celebrate an accurate holiday this month:

1. Albuquerque, New Mexico

2. Lawrence, Kansas

3. Portland, Oregon

4. St. Paul, Minnesota

5. Bexar County, Texas

6. Anadarko, Oklahoma

7. Olympia, Washington

Seattle and Minneapolis have already instituted Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and Oklahoma City’s local government almost did last month, but will try again with a vote on October 13. Activists in Portland back in 1954 were the first to suggest replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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ASmallTurnip
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A question from someone who lives in the UK: do most communities in the US celebrate Columbus on Columbus Day? I think I was always under the impression that it was basically an excuse for a long weekend where you could lie on the couch for 72 hours with one hand in a doritos bag and your other hand down your pants. Is that wrong? Do people actually celebrate Christopher C and his band of merry smallpox incubators? Are there parties and parades?