Indigenous People’s Day

By Harrison Caughey

Indigenous Peoples Day takes place every year on October 14. Commonly known as Columbus Day, the title of this holiday has become somewhat controversial. Although many just consider it a day off of work or school, many have passionate ideas about it. 

Columbus took credit for the discovery which was ultimately a mistake. He originally set sail on a voyage to Asia. Europeans not knowing a direct route to Asia, were expecting to run directly into it, but instead ran into the large chain of continents, today known as the Americas.

Columbus came to the Americas and colonized them, despite the fact that the idigenous people already lived there, he is often credited with its discovery. During this colonization, Columbus mistreated and took advantage of many natives and their naive, kind nature. Due to the obscene treatment of indiginous people by the Europeans once they came in and colonized the Americas, younger generations are finding celebrating the indiginous people that were here first much more appropriate. 

SRHS Junior Lael Joseph believes “The relabeling of indigenous peoples day is a necessary form of closure for all of the atrocities committed by the conquistadors who came to America and honor the people that lost so much.” Although renaming the holiday definitely will not solve all of the bad things that have been done to the Native Americans, it is a good start.

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