Indigenous People’s Day.

A few days ago, I wrote about how Christopher Columbus was in fact really cruel and has a particularly bloody history. Because of his cruelty and awful track record, I don’t think that he deserves a national day and instead we as a nation should follow in the footsteps of many cities and celebrate indigenous peoples day. Several cities, including Portland OR, Minneapolis, MN, and Seattle WA, have all declared today as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Today should be one to celebrate, support, and learn about the native peoples of the US. Julian Brave NoiseCat wrote about 13 issues that native people still face, like poverty and poor health care. HuffPo also talked with Roxanna Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

There is literally so much to learn about the native and indigenous people of the US and of the Americas. Our education systems fails in numerous ways, one of which includes talking about the brutal ways in which the US government has treated the native populations and how many places still celebrate Christopher Columbus.