South Fulton to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

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Dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students prepare to dance on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The City of South Fulton's City Council and mayor have passed a resolution that would officially make Indigenous People's Day an alternative to Columbus Day on the second Monday in October.

The resolution was drafted by Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Baker. In a press release, the city said it would "recognize Native Americans, who were the first inhabitants of the land that later became the United States of America."

Baker said that South Fulton is one of 55 cities in the nation to officially adopt the alternate holiday.

"[South Fulton] desires to safeguard and promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of all citizens through the adoption of this Resolution," Baker said. 

The holiday, which can be traced back to the early '90s, has been made official in states like South Dakota and cities like Berkeley, California.