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NM college adopts 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 10:09:01-04

A Four Corners college that borders the Navajo Nation is joining the ranks of higher-learning institutions across the country in recognizing "Indigenous Peoples Day."

The Daily Times in Farmington reports San Juan College recently approved the change following a resolution by the Associated Students of San Juan College.

The action came after a group of students approached the student government last year with concerns about Columbus Day and shared its reasons for recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day on campus.

The college does not list Columbus Day on its academic calendar, and the campus in Farmington remains open during the federal holiday.

According to the student government resolution, adopting Indigenous Peoples Day is "not to be misconstrued as an effort to supplant any existing federally recognized holidays."