Forget Columbus Day, Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenLankford to be named next Senate Ethics chairman The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Take Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonMinnesota sues Juul over rise in youth vaping Jane Fonda calls for protecting water resources at weekly DC climate protest Progressives ramp up fight against Facebook MORE (D-Minn.) are set to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in their home state on Monday, according to reports.

It will be the first time the holiday is being marked in Minneapolis. The city council there voted to observe Indigenous People’s Day on the second Monday in October as an “attempt to recognize the history and contributions of American Indians,” according to the Minneapolis’ Star Tribune.

The alternative holiday to Columbus Day — which marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus touching down in the Americas — is also recognized in Seattle, Wash., as well as other areas in the country.


“It’s a validation and a correction of a historical wrong that has perpetuated a negative image of American Indian people, by celebrating somebody that has really been nothing but bad for American Indian people and indigenous people across this continent,” Native American Community Development Institute President Jay Bad Heart Bull told the Star Tribune.

Franken and Ellison are reportedly poised to speak at an Indigenous People’s Day ceremony Monday afternoon at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.