Indigenous Peoples' Day permanently recognized in Denver

9NEWS @ 9. 10/10/2016

KUSA - On Monday, Denver City Council observed its first Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Last week, the council voted to permanently recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same day as Columbus, whom Native Americans view as a racist murderer.

The official proclamation happened before members of the Denver American Indian Commission and representatives of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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"I think it's important for our children that we now have Indigenous Peoples' Day in Denver. I'm so proud that my daughter will have this as part of her life and her growing up in

Over the weekend, large crowds celebrated the new holiday outside the Capitol on the same day as the Columbus Day Parade, which had a much lower turnout.

Members of the Italian-American community say it's not fair for both holidays to share the same date. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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