Indigenous People's Day

The Montana House voted to change the name of Columbus Day to Montana Heritage Day Tuesday.

BOZEMAN (AP) – Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor has established a holiday honoring indigenous peoples to take place on the federally recognized Columbus Day.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Taylor delivered a proclamation Tuesday declaring Indigenous Peoples Day would be celebrated on the second Monday of October. The announcement was made at a Bozeman commission meeting where many residents gathered to celebrate.

Activist Marsha Small says she appreciated the community's support and was glad no one had spoken out against the holiday.

To mark Indigenous Peoples Day every year, the mayor will organize a presentation before the commission on indigenous culture.

Bozeman has become the nation's latest city to implement the holiday. At least nine cities celebrated Indigenous People's Day for the first time last year, including Albuquerque and Portland.

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