Despite the change in attitudes, many banks and offices will still be closed for the holiday.
SOU is one of several universities, four states and about 40 USA cities - including Ashland, Portland, Eugene and Corvallis in OR - that observe Indigenous Peoples Day.
But in recent years, efforts to de-Columbus the USA have grown in strength and size, thanks to the famed navigator's increasingly problematic historical reputation: Christopher Columbus, after all, kicked off a horrific genocide, treated non-white people as sub-human, and wasn't even the first European to happen upon the Americas.
Dalton Davison, a senior computer information and technology major, said he thinks Columbus Day mostly serves as just another day off rather than a day for celebration.
"I don't celebrate (Columbus Day).
Columbus Day was a big part of our lives", Suozzi said.
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Columbus Day has been officially celebrated since 1937 after President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it a Federal Holiday. Instead, they are skipping the holiday to better honor veterans.
Columbus, Ohio, is open for business on Columbus Day, as the city is not observing the day that honors its controversial namesake. She said she petitioned the University to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day when she was a student. Not mentioned were the words indigenous people or Native Americans.
A warm, sunny afternoon drew dozens of people to the corner of North Main and West College streets in Tappan Square on Monday to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
I come from Laguna Pueblo and the Yuma Nation, and even in my small reservation border town ― where many of us children were Pueblo, Apache, Ute and Navajo ― Columbus Day was taken seriously by my elementary school teachers.
He praised the "historic achievement" of Columbus and his men discovering the Americas, beginning the "Age of Discovery". "Why don't we just celebrate cultures that we have in the United States?"
But some are pushing back against the efforts to dump Columbus - especially Italian-Americans for whom Columbus' discovery is a point of pride in a long history of anti-Italianism, The New York Times reported. "We are really proud of that designation, but we also want to make sure that everybody feels included and welcome to the party". The traditional Columbus Day is Friday, Oct. 12. Those cities are now honoring the history and contributions of Native Americans.
The protesters, or as they call themselves the protectors, organized and chanted while others from the Cabrini Lodge, Southern Colorado Sons of Italy and other groups tried to celebrate.