Origin Stories Behind 20 Holidays

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the second Monday in October. It originated in 1989 by South Dakota Gov.

George Mickelson as Native American Day, which was an alternative holiday to Columbus Day to celebrate the Native American and indigenous population.

The idea was to reconcile relations between the white and native populations in that state. In 1992, Berkeley, Calif., became the first U.S. city to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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