Denver celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 10/04/16.

KUSA - Denver joined several other cities in recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day after the City Council passed a resolution making it official Monday night.

You might remember that the council passed a similar proclamation last year, but that was only a one-time deal. The latest vote makes the designation permanent.

Boulder, Albuquerque, Seattle and Portland also celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which honors Native Americans.

Both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day are held on the second Monday of October. Columbus Day is a federal holiday – something considered contentious by some as Christopher Columbus was believed to have enslaved many Native Americans as well as spread diseases.

An effort to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day statewide failed to make it through the Colorado legislature earlier this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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