What's open, what's closed on Indigenous Peoples' Day
Many mark former 'Columbus Day' with holiday honoring Native residents
Some state and federal government services and private businesses will be closed Monday, as Tucsonans mark the former "Columbus Day" with a holiday honoring Native residents.
The federal government and state of Arizona still commemorate Columbus Day, but President Joe Biden has for the last two years also proclaimed Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same date, the second Monday in October.
Indigenous Peoples Day has for years been pushed by those who say Columbus' legacy of genocide against the Native peoples of the Americas should not be celebrated.
"These efforts are a matter of dignity, justice, and good faith. But we have more to do to help lift Tribal communities from the shadow of our broken promises, to protect their right to vote, and to help them access other opportunities that their ancestors were long denied. On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrate indigenous history and our new beginning together, honoring Native Americans for shaping the contours of this country since time immemorial," Biden said this year.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey proclaimed Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2020, but skipped doing so last year. For 2022, he has also not proclaimed the holiday.
While both the city of Tucson and Pima County have halted formally observing Columbus Day, neither has a paid holiday for Indigenous People's Day — those local government offices will be open.