Schools: Many schools will be closed on Columbus Day, but due to missing days from Hurricane Florence, several school districts are holding class Monday. So, the city chose Veterans Day. "We thought that was something that was important".
He says the goal is to educate, and when his people hear it called Columbus Day, that's what they try to do.
Today is the second Columbus/Indigenous People's Day since Donald Trump took office, and for the second year in a row, Trump has issued an official presidential proclamation for the holiday that fails to even mention the existence of Native Americans.
Because of this, some states-Alaska, Hawaii, and South Dakota-do not observe the Columbus Day federal holiday.
"As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers", he wrote.
In Columbus, the explorer had been a point of pride in the 19th century and into the 20th, when three statues were erected in his honor over the decades.
"We stand behind the Christopher Columbus name and will continue to do so here in Pittsburgh", Guy Costa, the city's chief operations officer and a parade supporter, said recently.
While credited with populating North America by some, to others Columbus is seen as a villain who spread disease and war among indigenous people.
So what did Columbus really do?
It was named after Columbus in 1812, when state lawmakers made a decision to move the state capital, for travel purposes, to a more central location.
"It's very in vogue politically right now to do that", said festival board member Joseph Contino, noting how cities across the country have started celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in recent years.
Here's what you need to know about the New York City Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 celebration. In September of this year, the House also adopted a resolution that recognizes October as Indigenous Peoples' Month, and the week after the second Monday as Indigenous Peoples' Week.