Columbus Day has long been a controversial holiday, with critics who say that rather than celebrate the colonialism and exploitation that came with the explorer's arrival in the Americas, we should commemorate the history and culture of America's indigenous peoples.
In 1992, Berkeley, California, became the first city to recognize the October date as Indigenous Peoples' Day. Since then, other cities have followed, honoring the people who lived on American land before Columbus arrived.
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