Seattle Celebrates a New Holiday

Seattle is the first to remember Native American Heritage, which happens to take place on Columbus Day this year.


Photo Courtesy of Alex Garland

After Native Americans were granted Indigenous People Day, they all came together to celebrate and march through the streets.

Bry Holguin, Columnist

This past Columbus Day, America celebrated a holiday in honor of Christopher Columbus, however, the city of Seattle, Washington had another event in mind. Seattle’s City Council voted to determine if their city would be adding a new holiday to their yearly calendar: Indigenous People Day. This day would allow people to celebrate Native American heritage.

On Oct. 6, the Council came together for the hearing to decide whether or not Indigenous People Day would be adapted. Italian-American and Native-American citizens attended the meeting granting Native Americans their special day to celebrate. Indigenous People Day will now be celebrated in Seattle on the second Monday of October for generations to come.

This day is a positive and much needed step forward in American history. It was long overdue in recognizing the first and only true citizens of the United States, Native Americans. Memorializing their heritage and contributions in American society and history is acknowledging their role to our nation. Unlike the rest of us, they are not immigrants who came from different countries. America is and will always be their nation to call home.