Indigenous Peoples Day to call for replacing Columbus Day
LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration will take place today at Grand Park, and will emphasize a recognition of Native Americans.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell collaborated with the city and county’s Native American Indian Commission to focus on the theme of “past, present and future” of Native American culture and to call for action from state and federal lawmakers to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
“Indigenous Peoples Day is a time to celebrate all native cultures, but everyone is invited,” O’Farrell said, adding that the event “will help elevate the importance of honoring the contributions and sacrifices made by our ancestors while putting the charade of Columbus Day and the false narrative that he personifies in the past where it belongs.”
Chrissie Castro, the chair of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission, said the adoption of Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day is important for native tribes.