Lincoln will join more than a dozen cities across the country to mark Indigenous People's Day on Oct. 12, the day that many people celebrate Columbus Day, following a unanimous vote of the City Council. Though the state has declared the second Monday in October as Columbus Day, the city does not officially recognize the holiday. City offices do not close and city employees do not get the day off.
So naming that day as Indigenous People's Day does not create a legal city holiday. Instead it stands beside Columbus Day as a way to honor the people who lived in the Americas before the Europeans arrived and as a way to educate others, supporters said during Monday's public hearing.