Learn about local history for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Austin City Council voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2017.

The Austin Central Library

Head to the Austin Central Library to learn more about Indigenous cultures.

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Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an nationally observed day honoring Native peoples and commemorating their histories and cultures. The Austin City Council replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2017.

For tens of thousands of years, Central Texas was home to Comanche, Caddo, Cherokee, Coahiltecan, Lipan Apache, Karankawa, Tonkawa, Wichita, and other nations. However, several waves of disease and violence brought from white settlers has eradicated much of Central Texas’ Native American population. Today, it is estimated that ~12,000 Travis County residents identify as American Indian.

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