Indigenous People’s Day 2016: All the Memes You Need to See

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Indigenous People’s Day, sometimes called Native Americans’ Day, is a counter-celebration holiday that's becoming more mainstream for the Euro-centric Columbus Day in the United States. The idea of a replacement holiday for Columbus Day with a counter-celebration of Native American culture was first conceived of in 1977 at the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, hosted by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It took over twenty years for natives throughout all the Americas to agree on the enactment of the holiday. In 1990, at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Quito, Ecuador, native groups agreed that in 1992, exactly 500-years after Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the Americas, they would celebrate native culture in counter-protest to the government-sponsored Columbus Day. See funny and poignant memes here. (Imgur / Kahlua55x)