Our work is not limited to city and state governments — campuses across Massachusetts are also working to get their institutions to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day.

Northeastern University

Students at Northeastern University have started organizing a campaign to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day at their university. Check out their website for more information and to get involved: http://indigenouspeoplesdayneu.weebly.com


The following updates are current as of October 6th , 2017. To learn more and connect with the Harvard campaign, visit Native Americans at Harvard College on Facebook and sign their petition.

Harvard University

Harvard Graduate School of Design

  • Soft update of only “academic text calendar” that reflects federal holiday (Columbus Day) and City of Cambridge holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • Faculty calendar and Academic Calendar remain unchanged

Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Dean Ryan announces that HGSE will recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day going forward, Oct. 5, 2017

Harvard Law School

  • Harvard Law School Student Government adopts resolution that calls on Harvard University to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Fall 2016
  • Harvard Law School Student Government adopts addendum to reaffirm previous year’s resolution and calls for a memorial to Massachusetts tribes, Fall 2017
  • Harvard NALSA releases statement calling for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Oct. 5, 2017

Harvard Medical School

  • Dean Daley announces that HMS will recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Oct. 6, 2017


Arts, Sciences, and Engineering faculty at Tufts voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on February 24, 2016 after similar student government resolutions and student organizing.

For an example of what a student government resolution declaring Indigenous Peoples Day could look like, check out the Tufts Senate resolutions:


If you are interested in starting a campaign on your campus, please reach out to parkerbreza@gmail.com or info@indigenouspeoplesdayma.org.