The Los Angeles City Council voted past year to eliminate Columbus Day as an official city holiday and replace it with the new holiday on the second Monday in October.
The mayor's office announced the decision in a brief, unceremonious news release Friday, avoiding the politics that have traditionally accompanied changes to the controversial federal holiday in other cities.
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"I was a little surprised by how much push and pull we went through to declare today Indigenous Peoples Day", Cohen said.
The White House proclamation notes Columbus was a native of the Italian City of Genoa and it honors the 'important contributions of Italian Americans to our country's culture, business, and civic life. In 1971, it was fixed to the second Monday in October.
Indigenous Peoples Day is the same day as Columbus Day, which this year is on October 8, 2018.
A growing number of US cities since the 1990s have replaced Columbus Day with a holiday honouring indigenous people. On Columbus Day, we honor his remarkable accomplishments as a navigator, and celebrate his voyage into the unknown expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
An Aurora organization is pushing for a day in Aurora to recognize indigenous peoples.
The switch was announced quietly Thursday, allowing Columbus to avoid the consternation around canceling Columbus Day that's taken place elsewhere.
Back in 1992, Columbus put on a six-month exhibit called AmeriFlora "92 to honor Christopher Columbus" arrival in the Americas.
This year, the Southampton School District renamed Columbus Day as Indigenous People's Day on its calendar.
"Like clean water, like healthy earth", said Brooke Colley, chair of Native American Studies at SOU.
It's likely the first time in the city's history that it hasn't observed Columbus Day, a spokesperson for the mayor told NBC News. In blue states especially, communities now recognize Columbus as a slaveholder, rapist and plunderer of gold; a total of 56 cities and four states have followed Berkeley's example. "We are really proud of that designation, but we also want to make sure that everybody feels included and welcome to the party". In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Columbus Day a national holiday.
"Nobody really talks to native people, so the image that we've had of ourselves has been awful up until recently", Karenne Wood, the director of the Virginia Indian Programs, said "And so now we have this whole story all of this time and you just didn't learn it because people didn't teach it to you".
On the other side of the holiday, Columbus is a major figure in Italian-American history.