The goal of recognizing Indigenous People's Day alongside Columbus Day on the NYC public school calendar is to raise awareness, promote Native American culture, and to commemorate Native American history. NYC like all of the Americas has a long rich history of Native contributions and cultures that predates the arrival of Columbus. From the original inhabitants to the Mohawk ironworkers who have worked and continue to work on a plethora of buildings and infrastructure projects, there is a lot to be learned from Native American history, culture, and contributions. The very emblem of the NYC flag bears witness to the original peoples of the land. By including Indigenous People's Day alongside Columbus Day on the NYC public school calendar, it would be a great step in honoring and recognizing the culture and contributions of the Indigenous people before and after Columbus.