Discovering Indigenous Peoples’ Day
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Councilmember Bonds introduced a bill that proposes to change the legal holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The Councilmember firmly believes that introducing this measure is extremely important, especially during a time where our nation’s regard for its minority populations is a topic of question. Introducing this legislation presents a new narrative to counter the woefully incomplete and euro-centric version of “discovery” that American youth, and youth across the globe, have been taught for decades.
In a statement released to the press, Councilmember Bonds explained that Indigenous Peoples’ Day would not “tarnish the legacy [of] European explorers” but give us all an “opportunity to recognize those who were truly here first… preserve their story and give them a permanent place in history.” She also views the holiday as a time to honor all ethnicities and cultures that are present within the District.
Last month, the Council of the District of Columbia introduced a Sense of the Council to urge the National Park Service to remove to the Albert Pike Statue, honoring a confederate general of the same name, from District grounds in Judiciary Square.