The City Council of Albuquerque voted six to three to recognize October 12 – historically known throughout the country as Columbus Day – as indigenous people’s day in a new proclamation.
Indigenous people make up 4.6 of Albuquerque’s population making the city home to the highest concentration of indigenous people in the state, according to USUncut.com.
Other cities who have made similar measure are Lawrence, Kansas; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; Bexar County, Texas; Anadarko, Oklahoma; Olympia, Washington; and Alpena, Missouri.
All have passed these policies within the last two months. The trend comes as indigenous peoples’ activists call for a national recognition of indigenous peoples’ struggles and a celebration of their culture.