Bloomington's Office of the Mayor officially proclaimed October 8, 2018 to be Indigenous Peoples Day, making it the first city in IN to recognize the holiday.
Instead, for the first time in its history, Columbus will close on Veterans Day.
The second Monday in October otherwise has been marked as Columbus Day, in honor of the Italian explorer who sailed to the Americas beginning in 1492.
While the celebration was held on what is typically Columbus Day, organizers of the event say Indigenous Peoples Day is not meant to be an alternative.
Native Americans and allied groups have long used Columbus Day to elevate issues of concern to them.
"I don't celebrate (Columbus Day)".
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A spokeswoman says the city is not reacting to a movement to abolish the holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples, but is giving deserved attention to veterans. Columbus Day has been officially recognized nationwide since 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed it a national holiday. Hawaii skips Columbus day completely, opting instead to celebrate Discoverer's Day - coincidentally on the same date - to commemorate the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii. The inaugural Indigenous People's Day celebration brought the story of the first settlers of Southwest Oklahoma to light - both to celebrate and to educate.
"Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history", Joe Curtatone, mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, wrote of his decision to observe Indigenous Peoples' Day last month. But one historian who knew Columbus personally, Bartolemé de las Casas, published A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1552.
Attendees are invited to camp overnight because on Monday, the celebration will begin bright and early with a sunrise ceremony at 7 a.m. Matias said the ceremony is one of the most handsome events of the two-day celebration, and is lead by elders from numerous different tribes involved with Indigenous Peoples Day. "Why don't we just celebrate cultures that we have in the United States?" We are proud of our heritage.
"The past is the past", said Tyrone Smith, director of the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. The Columbus Day Italian Parade still continued as usual Sunday.
Thirty years ago, Santa Fe artist Charlene Teters was recruited to the University of IL with two other Native American students to fulfill her dream of earning a master of fine arts degree.
The debate continues to rage on social media as well, with some saying Christopher Columbus should no longer be honored and others saying the holiday should stay.