Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Does your town or city celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Contact your representative to find out! Here is a template you can use to raise this issue. Below are listed links to find and contact your state representatives:
New Hampshire State Representatives 
Massachusetts State Representatives 
Connecticut State Representatives 
Rhode Island State Representatives

Our Resources

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Fact Sheet: A one-pager we created with information about Christopher Columbus.

FACT CHECK on 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation: A three page guide to misinformation presented in President Trump’s 2018 Presidential Proclamation of Columbus Day.

A recording of an open forum hosted at UNH discussing Indigenous People’s Day.

From our blog archives:

Resources to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Month (Nov. 2020) and beyond

A great resource for public educators! “November is Native American Heritage Month — a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to honor the important contributions of Native people. It’s also a time to acknowledge the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways…

Recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day in New England

This resource serves to recognize the importance of changing the federal holiday Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day (IPD) and call for further action. In the United States, twelve states and Washington D.C., along with over 130 towns and cities, currently celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This change is made to honor, celebrate, and acknowledge the…

Template for writing your City Council and/or rep about IPD

This is a template developed by INHCC for writing your City Council and/or rep about Indigenous Peoples’ Day in your town/city in NH. You can copy and paste the content into a word document. Adjust as needed. Dear ____________ (make it personal) I’m ________________ (explain who you are and what you are doing and maybe…

INHCC and allies: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020

Local events and initiatives: UNH: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Watch Party, where Chef Rosalia Chay Chuc celebrated for her Mayan cooking. Come watch and also discuss Indigenous Erasure in North America. This free event is online on 10/12/2020 at 8:30 pm. Contact/see/register @ the Beauregard Center’s FB (more information here).We  continue supporting local grassroots efforts to…

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Policy Brief

To:  A Town Council From: Libby Schwaner, MPP Student at the Carsey School of Public Policy Date:   September 2, 2020 Re:  Indigenous Peoples’ Day Policy Recommendations Summary Columbus Day should be replaced with Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the state level in New Hampshire. However, this goal is unattainable without towns and cities implementing the…

Indigenous NH 101: HB221

This week, New Hampshire legislators will vote on HB221, a bill to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective reflected on why we support the bill and we urge our listeners to call their representatives to ask them to vote in favor of it.

It’s Time to Stop Praising Christoper Columbus

By Marianna Conserva ’19 On October 12th, 1492 Christopher Columbus, an explorer, made a long journey, which led him to the discovery a what is often referred to as a “New World” — the world that was as old as any other continent such as the Eurasia and Africa. He landed in what we now…


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Additional Resources

From Mouth of the River, The Oyster River High School Magazine, an article describing 2019 events in Durham, NH, in celebration of Indigenous people’s day.

From Zinn Education Project: It is time to stop celebrating the crimes of Columbus and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous people who demand an end to Columbus Day. Instead of glorifying a person who enslaved and murdered people, destroyed cultures, and terrorized those who challenged his rule, we seek to honor these communities demanding sovereignty, recognition, and rights. We encourage schools to petition their administration and for communities to introduce legislation to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Here is a link information and resources to join the campaign to Abolish Columbus Day.

“Rethink Columbus: A Lesson Plan for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” A grade 6-8 lesson plan for teaching the history of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Deconstructing the Myths of Christopher Columbus in Children’s Literature This essay by Judy Dow (Abenaki) details 12 common myths about Christopher Columbus and provides resources and facts for discussion.

Depicting Columbus This essay, written by Michiel van Groesen, references the engravings by Theodore de Bry from 1592 depicting the landing of Columbus on Hispaniola in 1492. The article discusses de Bry and historical context for his representations of Columbus.

Indigenous Peoples Day This resource from the Unitarian Universalist Association suggests ways to honor Indigenous people on IPD.

Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People This essay by high school teacher Bill Bigelow offers some information about the Taíno people Columbus encountered in the Caribbean.