These states are ditching Columbus Day to observe Indigenous Peoples' Day instead
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Here's a list of states that have chosen to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, as well as some places that don't observe the holiday at all.
(CNN) Columbus Day has been a political lightning rod for states, cities and municipalities around the US for years now. Some have decided to do something about it.

A number of states have moved to officially observe Indigenous Peoples' Day , or some version of it, instead -- a holiday to recognize the native populations that were displaced and decimated after Christopher Columbus and other European explorers reached the continent.

Most prominently, President Joe Biden became the first US president to issue a proclamation commemorating Indigenous Peoples' Day, writing that Monday was a day on which the country "celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government's trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations."

But states and local governments can choose not to observe a federal holiday. And, as is the case with a growing number of cities and states , they can change the name and intent of the October holiday altogether.

As many as 130 cities across the country have ditched Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day -- and the list grows yearly.

States that officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of or in addition to Columbus Day

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AJ Willingham, Scottie Andrew and Dakin Andone, CNN
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