NEW YORK, NY – From helping the Pilgrims survive a harsh winter, to speaking in a code that helped the Allies win World War II, Monday is a day to honor the contributions of Native Americans.
Indigenous People’s Day falls on the same day as Columbus Day, as part of a way to honor the people already living in the country when Christopher Columbus landed in 1492.
The influence of Native American culture can be seen everywhere. In many parts of the country, rivers, towns and other landmarks still bear names originally given by native tribes.
Indigenous people aided Europeans throughout the country’s developments early as the first permanent settlement at Plymouth Rock. They served as teachers, guides and doctors.
Though Europeans and Native Americans would also embark on a relationship frequently mired in conflict, indigenous people have left an indelible mark of culture and traditions on the United States.