Indigenous Peoples' Day

Last Monday was a national holiday. Banks and post offices were closed, and some schools. Until recently, the reason for the day off for some was only called Columbus Day.

Last year, the city of Seattle changed the name of this holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Why do you think this change was made in Washington as well as California and Minnesota? Do you think other states will make this change in the future?

Here is a link to a news story for young people about Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It might help you form some opinions or ask more questions. We'd love to hear what you think!

A Mountain's Name Changes

By Sbork (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Sbork (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

President Barack Obama recently used his Executive Powers approve a change to the name of an Alaskan mountain from Mt. McKinley back to the name Alaskans have long called it: Denali.

Three articles linked here, from The Alaska Dispatch NewsHot Air magazineand ABC News 

share different views of this issue.

Here are some questions to explore:

Can you identify the different points of view expressed from different sources?

Are all the facts in these articles expressed the same way?

What else beside the name of a mountain do these articles make you wonder about?

An article from The Seattle Times shows that the name change is causing people in our own State of Washington to think about name changes for geographical landforms, too.


What are your thoughts?