Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to recognize Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

“Since at least 1970, Native Americans have celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October as a day of remembrance of our ancestors, as a means of dispelling the myth that Columbus discovered America, and to celebrate the survival, resilience, and meaningful contributions of all people.

“While we cannot change the past, we can realize the pain that millions suffered throughout our nation’s history and honor their achievements as the original inhabitants of our continent. I encourage all County Departments and County residents to participate in virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day activities taking place on or around Oct. 12.”

In 2017, the Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Solis’ motion to remove ‘Columbus Day’ as an official County holiday and replace it with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.’

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov