California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday with a curiously mixed message: he honored those who have immigrated to California “from across the globe” as well as the original local population.
Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay, California!
Today we honor and celebrate the perseverance, rich diversity and contributions of all Indigenous peoples—from the first peoples of this place to those from across the globe who now call California home. pic.twitter.com/TfAinDD5Jw
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) October 11, 2021
Monday, which is still observed by the federal government as Columbus Day, marks the third observance Indigenous Peoples’ Day by the State of California. Long a fringe, left-wing day of protest against explorer Christopher Columbus as the supposed herald