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When did Columbus Day change to International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples?

Asked by F. Lopez, Last updated: Nov 01, 2019

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M. Gomez

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M. GomezWriter, Mass communication, Leeds
Writer, Mass communication, Leeds

Answered on Nov 01, 2019

It was in the year 1989 when South Dakota decided to switch from celebrating Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. What a lot of people do not know is that it was proposed to be changed way before that. In 1977, it was already being proposed to be changed. Indigenous People’s Day is considered to be a counter-celebration.

People are saying that there are some faulty reports on whether Christopher Columbus actually discovered America or not or if it was discovered by other people before him. There are already six states that have switched and time will tell if it would take over the other states as well.

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R. Hunter

R. Hunter

Answered on Oct 21, 2019

It all started in the year 1977 when the United Nations-sponsored an international conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference was aimed towards Discrimination against Indigenous People in the United States. It was discussed and has since been put into consideration to replace Columbus Day with a celebration referred to as the Indigenous People's Day.

In the year 1994, the United Nations declared August 9 as the International Indigenous Peoples' Day. In 1992, it was initiated in Berkeley, California, that the International Indigenous Peoples' Day should be celebrated alongside the Columbus day. Since the United Nations declared it two years later, the United States also put it out to her populace to celebrate the Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday of October, thereby replacing Columbus Day. Now, in the 2010s, the celebration seems to have gained more ground, and Columbus Day is fading away.

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