(not Columbus Day) Indigenous People’s Day ?

What a shame that Columbus Day is still ‘celebrated’   – after anhialating many of the indigenous peoples in both North and South America, further humiliation is heaped on those who are left, by celebrating a notorious historical figure.
Things to Do to Commemorate Indigenous Peoples
on Columbus Day


Christopher Columbus arrived as an immigrant to “the New World.” He did not “discover” America. He was not a hero, he was a war criminal. Columbus Day is not necessary and increases division in this age of growing inequalities.

For the first time this year, Seattle and Minneapolis will recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day.  The cities join a growing list of jurisdictions and schools choosing to shift the holiday’s focus from Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants. We can all take example from these cases and take action for change. #AbolishColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay

1. Watch and Share Reconsider Columbus Day by NuHeightzCinema  


Reconsider Columbus Day
Reconsider Columbus Day

2. Celebrate Indigenous Leaders
Columbus Day is obsolete. This year, we are joining First Peoples Worldwide in celebratingIndigenous Leaders Day. We think it’s time to celebrate Indigenous accomplishments, Indigenous leaders, in our Indigenous voices. Ditch Columbus Day, celebrate Indigenous Leaders Day.

  • Nominate your favorite Indigenous leader. Send an email to communications@firstpeoples.org stating your leader’s name, accomplishments, tribal affiliation, community in which they work, and why they inspire you. Be sure to include a picture.
  • Share your nomination on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #IndigenousLeaders
  • Change your social media profile and cover photos to:



3. Recognize and Remember Indigenous Leaders Who Have Been Murdered

Today take the opportunity to recognize and remember Indigenous leaders who have been murdered and disappeared while doing work to defend the lives of their families and their environment. There are too many to even count, like Daniel Pedro Mateo from Guatemala.


4. Take Action by Getting Involved in the Native Anti-mascot Movement
There are still more than 1,000 high school, university and professional teams that continue to have Native American mascots. Though changes have been made at the high school and college levels, at the professional level there has been virtually no change. Start the change in your community. Check out our Abolishing Racist Native Mascots: A Toolkit for Change.

5. Read and share these great articles:

6. Learn about the American Precolonial Roots of Democracy.

American democracy was founded on the principles of The Great Law of Peace founded by the Haudenosaunne People (Iroquois) in the Northeast. Read more.


Take a look at Rethinking Schools –

Educators – Get a copy of their excellent ‘Rethinking Colombus”

rethink columbus

Summary of Rethinking Columbus

Why rethink Christopher Columbus? Because the Columbus myth is a foundation of children’s beliefs about society. Columbus is often a child’s first lesson about encounters between different cultures and races. The murky legend of a brave adventurer tells children whose version of history to accept, and whose to ignore. It says nothing about the brutality of the European invasion of North America.

We need to listen to a wider range of voices. We need to hear from those whose lands and rights were taken away by those who “discovered” them. Their stories, too often suppressed, tell of 500 years of courageous struggle, and the lasting wisdom of native peoples. Understanding what really happened to them in 1492 is key to understanding why people suffer the same injustices today.

More than 80 essays, poems, interviews, historical vignettes, and lesson plans reevaluate the myth of Columbus and issues of indigenous rights. Rethinking Columbus is packed with useful teaching ideas for kindergarten through college.

In this New Edition:

  • Updated resource listings
  • Classroom materials
  • Handouts and lesson plans
  • Poems
  • Web site listings
  • And much more!

First published in 1991, Rethinking Columbus has changed the way schools teach about the “discovery of America.” This greatly expanded edition has more than 100 pages of new material, including handouts to conduct a classroom “Trial of Columbus” and other activities.



“The original edition made educational history by introducing a startling new view of Columbus … In the revised edition we get even richer material, a marvelous compendium of history, literature, original sources, commentary … an exciting treasure for teachers, students, and the general public.”

Howard Zinn, author A People’s History of the United States


2 Replies to “(not Columbus Day) Indigenous People’s Day ?”

  1. I write for a college news paper at Des Moines, Ia. i am trying to get columbus day banned and switched. could i please use your image you’ve created in our newspaper. who ever the artist is will get credit, i just need to know their name. we go to print on monday, oct. 12 so please let me know.

    1. Hi there
      Good news – yes of course it should not exist, it is a real afront to the indigenous people of North America. The image comes from cultural survival -please contact them directly. I am sure they will support you.

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