Columbus Day is one of the most controversial holidays. Most of us were taught in school to honor Christopher Columbus for discovering America but time has taught us plenty. Now, many blast the holiday as celebrating an explorer who not only didn't discover anything - since Native Americans already lived here - but who treated the native people in a horrible and oppressive way.
Indigenous Peoples Day honors the history and sacrifice of those native people. According to CNN, 14 communities recognize the holiday, including Vermont, Denver, and Phoenix. "Indigenous Peoples Day represents a shift in consciousness," said Dr. Leo Killsback. As a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and assistant professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University he explains, "It acknowledges that indigenous peoples and their voices are important in today's conversations."
Here's what people on Twitter are saying about Indigenous People's Day:
This video, in which Native Americans describe Columbus in one word, has been widely circulated. So what are some of the adjectives they use for the beloved hero? "Atrocity," "murderer" and "terrorist." Watch the powerful visual below: