The discussion of removing Columbus Day from our regularly scheduled holiday calendar isn’t a new idea. Indigenous peoples first requested the change back in 1977. It wasn’t until 1989 that the first state (South Dakota) make the switch. Since then fourteen states either officially celebrate or celebrate by proclamation, and over 130 cities have also adopted the holiday.

How To Celebrate

There are lots of ways to celebrate and support Indigenous peoples even if your city or state doesn’t officially recognize the holiday. But the main focus should be opening yourself up and listening to Indigenous peoples’ histories, experiences, and requests of non-indigenous individuals. There are lots of educational resources available online, many of which can even be found on Instagram or TikTok.

Who To Follow

Still don’t know where to start? Here are ten social media accounts you definitely need to follow and support.

Marika Sila

 

@marikasilaInuk Style ❄️ remix by @tiamiscihk 🙌🏽👑 ##transition ##dance ##banjobeat ##banjo ##ItBeLikeThat ##hoopers ##nativeamerican ##culture ##foryoupage ##fyp♬ original sound – Tia Wood

James Jones

 

@notoriouscreeFancy footwork ##native ##dance ##indigenous ##shuffle♬ original sound – jacintaconte

Kendra Rosychuk

 

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@asinaabeIf ##native ##history was ##american history ##teacher would tell ##foryou only colonizer history is taught in ##school 1 mill likes to return? ##7thfire 🦄♬ Epic Emotional – AShamaluevMusic

 

@misscorinne86When people try to touch my fan at powwows.. ##lakota ##powwow ##native ##nativeamerican ##fyp ##mohawk ##foryoupage♬ original sound – Schweden Eotogi

 

@chichimecapapi206My regalias are collecting dust 🤧 ##indigenous ##aztecdancer ##nativetiktoks ##nativemexican ##aztec ##otomi ##fyp ##chichimeca ##stillhere ##sitonmyfaace♬ original sound – what it do jadaboo

 

@taniajwhiteHappy indigenous day❤🖤💛🤍##nativetiktoks ##oct12 ##indgenouswoman ##indgenous ##cree ##fyp ##foryourpage♬ original sound – Fawn Wood

 

@donneecheeHappy indigenous day friends♬ original sound – Don

 

@teebeez##nativestrong everyday is indigenous day!🥰♬ indigenous day navajo horse song – Tia Bennett

Theland Kicknosway

 

@the_landI Love My Family!💖 Thx for 200K‼️##foryoupage ##foryou ##fyp ##native ##native ##nativetiktok ##braids ##braid ##hair ##teaching ##family ##familytime♬ original sound – the_land