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Is there a school in Chicago on Columbus Day? –NBC Chicago


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Monday, October 9 is the federal Columbus Day holiday, which means banks are closed, the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t deliver mail, and more.

But what about schools?

Although some school districts can sit, others cannot. Chicago Public Schools does not observe Columbus Day, but recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

In 2019, the Chicago Board of Education voted to replace Columbus Day – the second Monday in October – with Indigenous Peoples Day on the school calendar.

As a result, CPS will not hold classes on Monday. It is one of seven holidays observed by CPS, according to the 2023-2024 CPS calendar.

According to the City of Chicago, Columbus Day is an observed holiday, and legislation to change the name of the holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day has stalled.

Illinois currently recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day as the last Monday in September after passing a law designating the day in 2017. In 2020, an Illinois lawmaker renewed her push to change the holiday from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. indigenous peoples.

State Rep. Delia Ramirez, a Chicago Democrat, said at the time that the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in September was done “without consultation with indigenous groups in Illinois, who opposed to the bill.

President Joe Biden in 2021 issued the first-ever presidential proclamation for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

“For generations, federal policies have systematically sought to assimilate and displace Indigenous peoples and eradicate Indigenous cultures,” Biden wrote in the Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation. “Today, we recognize the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples and the immeasurable positive impact they have had on every aspect of American society. »

What is the history of Indigenous Peoples Day?

According to Susan C. Faircloth, an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina and professor of education at Colorado State University, it began in 1990 in South Dakota – currently the state with the third largest population of ‘Native Americans in the United States.

South Dakota became the first state to officially recognize Native American Day, commonly known today as Indigenous Peoples Day in other parts of the country.

More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia now recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, including Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

NBC Chicago

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