Indigenous Peoples' Day

Christopher Columbus Statue by Justin Merriman

The Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh stands splattered with paint after being defaced on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017. 

Many have called for the renaming of the holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day as a way to recognize the oppression of Native Americans. More than 50 cities and states across the US have renamed Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Indigenous PeopleS' Day by Justin Merriman

Vanessa German of Homewood, center, joins a march celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in Oakland on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. 

Rhianna Powell, 23, of the South Side, holds a sign during the rally at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park.

Johnny Creed Coe, a Native American and traditional sun dancer, burns sage during the rally at the statue.

Johnny Creed Coe burns sage.

Jayne May-Stim, 19, of Greenfield reacts to a speaker at a rally for Indigenous Peoples Day at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The rally called attention to "Indigenous Peoples' Day," a day many mark to honor the culture and history of Indigenous people rather than Columbus.