Many Alaskans gathered for an Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration at Alaska Pacific University on Monday.

While Columbus Day is still a federally recognized holiday, Alaska celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday of October. Washington, D.C. and 13 states have rebranded the holiday as part of a nationwide movement.

The designation was signed into Alaska law two years ago.

"Now an official holiday, Indigenous Peoples' Day honors and respects the indigenous peoples of this land - who have thrived and survived in our homelands for over 10,000 years," the APU website states.

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