SPOKANE, Wash. – Monday will be the first Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrated in Spokane.
In August, the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to pass a resolution to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
City Council President Ben Stuckart said the goal of the name change is to honor Native Americans.
For years, the Nez Perce Tribe insisted that Columbus Day not be honored because they said he actively enslaved Native Americans.
City of Spokane officials said parking meters do not have to be plugged on Monday because of the holiday. Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will proceed as normal.