Denver approves permanent recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day

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Denver city government doesn’t officially recognize Columbus Day, but this year the state capital will join several other large cities in designating the same second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The move won’t make next Monday a city-observed holiday, with office closures, but several council members underlined what they saw as the symbolism behind the designation. The council approved the proposal 12-0 Monday night, prompting cheers and applause in the audience.


 

“Our city owes our very founding to the indigenous peoples in Denver,” Councilman Paul Lopez said, noting that Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes used land at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River as seasonal encampments.

“We do this because our history books erase such history,” Lopez said, adding: “You honor it by making it no longer invisible.”

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