PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The second Monday in October, long celebrated as Columbus Day, will officially be recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports among tribal leaders in Oregon, the change represents overdue recognition and hope for the future, as well as a feeling that more could be done to recognize and support Indigenous communities.
The Legislature this spring overwhelmingly approved a bill declaring Oct. 11 to be Indigenous Peoples Day.
The legislation was sponsored by the Legislature’s only Indigenous lawmakers, Rep. Tawna Sanchez, and Rep.Teresa Alonso-Leon.
Oregon is one of 13 states to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day.