Accuracy in Media

Columbus Day, a federal holiday observed every October, has long been a lightning rod for criticism. The controversy returned to the spotlight this year when several universities and cities have decided to rename the day Indigenous Peoples’ Day to remember the legacy of the Native Americans pre-Columbus.

Here are universities that observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

  • Harvard University
  • Fredonia College
  • University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP)
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Here are the cities that observe the alternate holiday:

  • Berkeley, California
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Seattle, Washington

Here is also a list of states doing the same:

  • South Dakota
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska



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