Indigenous Peoples Day is becoming more popular as a Columbus Day alternative.
Portland, Ore., and Albuquerque joined at least seven other cities last week in changing the name of the federal holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day. At a state level, Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota were ahead of the trend, not celebrating Columbus Day since it was first nationally recognized in 1937. Today, only 15 percent of private businesses and 22 states recognize Columbus Day, which is the smallest proportion for any federal holiday. Berkeley, Calif., was the first city to call the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day in 1992.