Indigenous Peoples Day

An Act establishing an Indigenous Peoples Day - H.2989 - S.1976

  • Replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day in Massachusetts Law

This bill replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the Massachusetts General Laws. Changing the 2nd Monday in October to Indigenous People’s Day acknowledges the harmful impact of celebrating Columbus as a hero. Historical accounts prove that wherever they went, Columbus and his men murdered and enslaved Indigenous People. The repercussions continue to be keenly felt even now. Indigenous Peoples Day replaces something negative with something positive – an increased awareness of Indigenous Peoples and a celebration of Indigenous resilience and survival, in MA as well as throughout the Americas. To learn more, you can watch a recording of the Indigenous People's Day Teach In hosted by our friends at United American Indians of New England.

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the decision makers

Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight

Who on committee has co-sponsored:

state senators:

Nick Collinsred x
Nick Collins (D)
Boston

chair

Joan Lovelyred x
Joan Lovely (D)
Salem

chair

John Velisred x
John Velis (D)
Westfield
Bruce Tarrred x
Bruce Tarr (R)
Gloucester
Liz Mirandagreen check
Liz Miranda (D)
Boston
Marc Pachecored x
Marc Pacheco (D)
Taunton

state representatives:

Antonio Cabralred x
Antonio Cabral (D)
New Bedford

chair

Chynah Tylergreen check
Chynah Tyler (D)
Boston

chair

Christopher Markeygreen check
Christopher Markey (D)
Dartmouth
Estela Reyesred x
Estela Reyes (D)
Carmine Gentilegreen check
Carmine Gentile (D)
Sudbury
Michelle Ciccologreen check
Michelle Ciccolo (D)
Lexington
Mary Keefered x
Mary Keefe (D)
Worcester
Judith Garciared x
Judith Garcia (D)
Chelsea
Rodney Elliottred x
Rodney Elliott (D)
F. Jay Barrowsred x
F. Jay Barrows (R)
Mansfield
Peter Durantred x
Peter Durant (R)
Spencer

Who has co-sponsored:

History of the bill

2025

Feb 2024

Reporting date extended to July 1, 2024

2024

Oct 2023

Hearing held by Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight

Feb 2023

Referred to the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulator Oversight

Jan 2023

Bill re-introduced as H.2989/S.1976

Jan 2023

No further action taken by the House Committee on Steering, Policy, and Scheduling

2023

Jul 2022

Bill reported favorably by the committee and referred to the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling

Jun 2022

Reporting date extended to July 15th, 2022

Apr 2022

Reporting date extended to June 30th, 2022

Feb 2022

Reporting date extended to April 15th, 2022

2022

Sep 2021

Hearing held by Committee on State Admin and Regulatory Oversight

Mar 2021

Referred to the Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight

Jan 2021

Introduced as H.3191

2021

Nov 2020

Sent to Study (Study Order: H.5105)

2020

May 2019

Hearing held by the State Admin and Regulatory Oversight Committee

Jan 2019

Referred to the Committee on State Admin and Oversight

Jan 2019

Introduced as H.3665

2019

Advocacy Organizations

MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda