Santa Fe – Today, the Senate passed a bill sponsored by Representative Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) and Representative Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. House Bill 100 celebrates New Mexico’s indigenous and Native American communities. 

“Indigenous people have greatly contributed to New Mexico’s rich and vibrant cultural history. This day is an act of restorative justice for our indigenous communities, and it is a time to reflect on our understanding of our country’s history, both the good and the bad. New Mexico’s Nations, Tribes, and Pueblos are what truly make us the Land of Enchantment, and I look forward to the Governor signing this important bill so we can properly honor our indigenous communities.” said Rep. Derrick Lente.

“Native communities are core to our state’s identity,” said Rep. Andrea Romero. “This day is a celebration of New Mexico’s indigenous cultures, their resiliency, and the endless positive contributions they have made to New Mexico’s history. As this bill moves up to the Governor for her signature, we remember the many indigenous tribes and nations who have made this possible.”

House Democrats understand that indigenous peoples and Native Americans are central to New Mexico’s diverse and rich cultural history.

House Bill 100 now heads to the Governor.