Students speak in support of a resolution for Indigenous Peoples' Day in March 2016. Over a year later, the University formally observed the day for the first time.

Cornell Officially Observes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“The significance of recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day is not only making an important sociocultural statement for native peoples, but it is also pulling individuals out of ignorance and making them think about the why they are celebrating what they’re celebrating, and whether or not it is culturally appropriate or even historically accurate,” said Laura Lagunez ’16