Indigenous People Day Now The Latest Trend
We all remember the line "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." For years that motto has helped with trivia questions, quizzes, and to help remember the story of Christopher Columbus. Unfortunately our history books never told us the whole story.
Like many people, I always figured Columbus Day was a day that kids had off of school and federal employees got off to remind us how he discovered America, but for many it is a reminder of what happened to their people.
Almost 6 years ago I moved to South Dakota near the Black Hills. If you've never been, I highly recommend it as a vacation spot as it is some of the most beautiful land this country has to offer. While out there, I was fortunate to meet my beautiful wife. I also learned that she's a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe. I learned so much of their history and culture, which also included the bad. The broken promises and genocide that their tribe faced at the hands of new settlers. I also learned for the first time that they don't celebrate Columbus Day in South Dakota but instead celebrate Indigenous People Day to remember the history and cultures of the many tribes across South Dakota.
Now I'm not going to lecture or give you a history lesson, many already know the truth, but I will say I understand the concept of not celebrating Columbus Day and instead celebrating Indigenous People Day. Many other states have been following suit according to WIFR.
Should we change it from Columbus Day to Indigenous People Day? Let me know in the comments.