Phoenix is largest city to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day

The city of Phoenix became the largest city in the country to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day after the city council unanimously approves a resolution to establish that day.
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The city of Phoenix became the largest city in the country to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day after the city council unanimously approves a resolution to establish that day.
 
It coincides with Columbus Day, the second Monday of October.
 
Many U.S. cities have ditched the name "Columbus Day" for "Indigenous Peoples Day" to focus on the contributions, heritage and culture of Native Americans.
 
The vote is largely symbolic as Columbus Day is not observed in the City of Phoenix.
 
But it shows the city's support for our Native American communities.
 
"We're going to celebrate our Native American heritage and other indigenous people. It's a great part of our history that goes back literally centuries," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
 
Indigenous rights activist Kristin Piestewa says this day will now allow indigenous people to honor and celebrate their historical and cultural heritage, something she says they have not been able to do for some time.
 
"It's like having a garden of all of your plants and everything is aligned and everything is what you built and then having some bulldozer come over it. That is how it feels and then you can't take everything that you've had in your roots back because it's gone," said Piestewa
 
25 cities have already adopted the day and Phoenix is now the largest city to have done so.
 
"Now we have a chance to have an empty garden again and start rebuilding our own roots of pieces of the history of our ancestors of what we know and try to congregate and unify our indigenous background."      
 
Other cities that have already adopted it include Spokane, Boulder, Minneapolis and now Phoenix.
 
Local events are expected marking Indigenous Peoples Day.

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