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

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Students Plan Week To Commemorate Indigenous Peoples

The celebrations, called Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A Week of Celebration, come about six months after the Student Assembly passed a resolution deciding to recognize Indigenous People’s Day in lieu of Columbus Day.