On September 30th, a group of Members of Congress introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the term Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day across all federal law and regulations. This legislation would also establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a public holiday. The NCUIH endorsed bill would allow the federal government to follow in the footsteps of at least 13 states and over 100 cities across the nation.
The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act (H.R. 5473) was introduced by Representatives Torres, DelBene, Bonamici, and Davids within the House and currently has 64 total co-sponsors. The Senate partner bill (S. 2919) was introduced by Senators Lujan and Heinrich and currently has 7 total co-sponsors.
Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act.