Who Gets To Celebrate The Second Monday Of October In Denver?

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Seattle passed Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2014.

Look on just about any calendar and you'll see today is labeled "Columbus Day." You may even be off work because of it -- most federal employees are. The city of Denver, however, doesn't recognize it, and will join a growing list of communities that have declared the second Monday in October "Indigenous Peoples' Day."

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Last week's unanimous city council vote follows years of tension in Denver between indigenous people and the Italian-American community. The council's actions have added another chapter to the story -- while some are celebrating, others are frustrated.Photo: Paul Lopez

Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez, who advocated for the bill's passage, spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.


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