City makes switch to Indigenous Peoples Day

Dec 20, 2019 598

BY: Eric Swanson

Ada is joining a growing list of cities, states and universities that have replaced Columbus Day with a new holiday recognizing Native Americans’ history and culture. The Ada City Council voted 5-0 Monday to rename the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. The day will continue to be a paid holiday for regular, full-time and hourly city employees.

The city’s Multiculturalism Committee, which advises the council and the city manager on diversity-related issues, recommended making the switch to Indigenous Peoples Day. “We talked about this for a while, and I think it’s a good idea,” said Committee Chairwoman Christine Pappas.

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