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Indigenous Peoples' Day event at UNLV held on Columbus Day

Posted at 12:03 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 19:49:04-04

Columbus Day has become polarizing over the years - those opposed to the holiday say it's impossible for someone to "discover" a land where people already live.

Efforts to recognize the natives who lived in North America before Columbus arrived date back to the '90s,according to Time. That trend has caught on over time, with Salt Lake City, Utah being the most recent to adopt an Indigenous Peoples' Day alongside Columbus Day.

Now, Las Vegas is planning on celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day for the first time in the city's history. Mayor Carolyn Goodman will join Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen at the UNLV Student Union Building from noon to 3 p.m. for an event hosted by the Native American Student Association.

"Recognizing the past and showing solidarity with Indigenous Peoples on this day is an act of healing, and moving forward," wrote Battle Born Progress in a statement to the press.

The event will feature history professors, cultural leaders, and performances by Bird Dancers, Bird Singers, Pow Wow dancers, Aztec Dancers, and Drummers from the Pow Wow circle. 

Indigenous Peoples' Day won't replace Columbus Day since the latter is a federal holiday. Rather, like many other cities in the U.S., the two holidays will coincide on the same date.