Here are some of the states and cities celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day

Each year, millions of Americans celebrate Columbus Day on October 9th. But as the years go on, a lot of cities, states and universities are instead celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. 

The holiday recognizes Native Americans, instead of Christopher Columbus. Advocates argue that Columbus represents the colonization of America, not the discovery. 

Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the United States well before Columbus landed in 1492. Some Native American activists even want the holiday abolished completely. The day officially became a federal holiday in 1937. 

It’s worth noting that the United Nations did declare August 9th as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples' in 1994.  But some cities and states are going a step further by replacing Columbus Day entirely. 

Here are some that have done just that. 

Minnesota, Alaska and Vermont all celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. 

South Dakota celebrates Native American Day. 

Some of the big cities that made the switch include Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, and Austin, Texas. 

Meanwhile, a lawmaker in Washington DC has put forward a bill that would replace Columbus Day with the Indigenous holiday. 

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Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller performs during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller performs during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform a dance during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers get ready to perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Attendees perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller performs during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller dances during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: A vender sells Native American-themed shirts during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Hollywood character impersonators walk near a girl carrying a sign on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students prepare to dance on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: A student of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students holds incense during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Yaotl Mazahua performs with the indigenous band Aztlan Underground on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: A man carries a sign on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: People watch a local Tongva tribal elder speak on Hollywood Boulevard near the El Capitan Theatre and Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students pray before dancing on Hollywood Boulevard near the El Capitan Theatre and Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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