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Holiday Hours: Indigenous Peoples' Day

Why does the credit union close for Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Cooperative Federal traditionally observes “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” instead of Columbus Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an alternative holiday that coincides with Columbus Day, in protest to the legacy of genocide, colonization and displacement of Native peoples by European explorers. The first known observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the U.S. took place in Berkley, CA in 1992. The idea dates back to the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, a conference sponsored by the United Nations in 1977. Worldwide, this idea was not new. On the same day as the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day, other countries celebrate these holidays:

  • Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) – in several Latin American countries 
  • Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) – in Costa Rica
  • Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) – in Venezuela
  • Discovery Day – in The Bahamas
  • Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional – in Spain
  • Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) – in Uruguay

Observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the credit union is a tradition that reflects our commitment to social and economic justice.