Indigenous Peoples' Day in New Mexico in 2019

Indigenous Peoples' Day in New Mexico in 2019
  How long until Indigenous Peoples' Day?
This holiday next takes place in 83 days.
  Dates of Indigenous Peoples' Day in New Mexico
2021 Mon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
This state holiday has been adopted on the second Monday in October to replace Columbus Day

This is a state holiday observed on the Second Monday in October.

It is a holiday in Maine, New Mexico and South Dakota and is known as Native American's Day in South Dakota.

Other states, such as Alaska and Vermont observe this day, but it is not a paid holiday.

Many cities and towns in various states will observe this day as Indigenous People's Day. For a full list of who observes what, please read our state by state guide to Columbus Day.

As you may guess from the link above, this holiday has risen to prominence as a replacement for Columbus Day.

The date of Columbus' arrival in the new world on October 12th 1492 was adopted by many countries across the Americas and the Caribbean as a public holiday.

In recent decades, the awareness that colonization by Spain and other European nations spelt disaster for the indigenous peoples had led to almost all of these holidays being replaced by a 'Day of the Races', which focuses on celebrating the heritage and contribution to the Americas of those who were here before Columbus.

That this approach has been taken up in the USA is not surprising, particularly in states which have a substantial indigenous community. South Dakota made its change in 1990. To date, the only other states to have switched from Columbus Day are Maine and New Mexico who both adopted Indigenous People's Day in 2019.

Some states have avoided having to change by quietly dropping Columbus Day from its list of holidays. Nowadays it is estimated that only 14% of employees have a day off on Columbus Day.

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