Alaska Changes Columbus Day to 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

The state of Alaska has officially renamed Columbus Day "Indigenous Peoples Day." Gov. Bill Walker signed a proclamation, effective Monday, Oct. 12, which declares that "Alaska is built upon the homelands and communities of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the state would not be possible." He added: "[T]he State opposes systematic racism toward Indigenous Peoples of Alaska or any Alaskans of any origin and promotes policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history."