Government offices, state and federal courts and libraries throughout the Southland will be closed Monday for Columbus Day, which the city and county of Los Angeles both recognize instead as Indigenous Peoples Day.
There will be no U.S. Mail delivery, like for all federal holidays, and most banks are also expected to be closed.
However, Los Angeles Unified School District schools will be open. Metro buses and trains will run on a regular schedule, along with Metrolink trains. Stores, too, will be open as usual.
The second Monday in October in Los Angeles is Indigenous Peoples Day under a ordinance approved in 2017 by the Los Angeles City Council, which replaced Columbus Day as a holiday on the city calendar. Los Angeles County also created an Indigenous Peoples Day holiday in place of Columbus Day.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation and who led the effort to make the change, said when the inaugural holiday was celebrated in 2018 that he believed the historical record on Christopher Columbus was plain for everyone to see.
“It’s time to no longer deny our past but reclaim our history because it’s all there for anyone who wants to see it,” O’Farrell said.
County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who introduced the motion to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017, recognized the day on Twitter Monday, writing, “Los Angeles County is home to multiple tribes who have never been federally recognized, and who continue to face land access issues despite their histories and cultural contributions.
“This inequitable recognition and access to county-owned lands for Native peoples negatively impacts their physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and cultural health,” she wrote. “… As supervisor for the First District, I am committed to continuing to uplift the true histories of what is now known as Los Angeles County and prioritize equity for all of our communities.”
President Joe Biden on Friday issued the first presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day.
“For generations, federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures,” Biden wrote in the Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation.
“Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.”
In a separate proclamation involving Columbus Day, Biden praised the role of Italian Americans in U.S. society, but also referenced the violence and harm Columbus and other explorers of the age brought about on the Americas.
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