Biden’s ProclamationRecognized October 11, a day the federal government will recognise Columbus Day – the Day of the Indigenous Peoples. It is undoubtedly the most important moment in the efforts of refocusing the day Christopher Columbus was first celebrated. Native Americans are also honored on this day.
“On Indigenous Peoples Day, our nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honor the federal government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations,” Biden’s proclamation read. .
The White House also pointed to the atrocities committed against Native American groups over the years — including past federal policies that forced Native Americans to shed their culture — as well as the injustices facing tribes to this day. .
“Our country was designed with a promise of equality and opportunity for all people – a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have made over the years, we have never fully delivered,” the proclamation read.
“Today, we recognize the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples, as well as the immeasurable positive impact they have had on every aspect of American society,” the statement concluded.
Native American activists called for governments to refocus Columbus Day celebrations since the insistence of the explorer. butchered and enslaved indigenous peopleUpon arrival in North America.
However, some groups advocate for Columbus Day to remain. According to NPRSome groups representing Italian-Americans argue that Columbus Day was adopted in 1930s to give identity to immigrants from Italy, a time when they were often discriminated against due their race.