About 50 people gathered at sunrise in Laguna Lake Park yesterday morning to celebrate Indignenous People’s Day in San Luis Obispo.
It was the first Indigenous People’s Day in the city. The group sang songs in the language of the northern Chumash tribe.
Although Columbus became a federal holiday in 1937, the city of San Luis Obispo does not recognize it as an official city holiday. City offices were open.
Last week, San Luis Obispo mayor Heidi Harmon declared that the city would celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.