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H.R. 5473 (117th): Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act

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In 1942, the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, on a transatlantic mission chartered by Spain. While it’s not technically true that “Columbus discovered America,” as is often claimed — there were already millions of people living here at the time — he was the first European to establish the European-American relationship which came to predominate world affairs for the next 500+ years. Some historians have ranked him among the 10 most influential people in human history.

Columbus also enslaved and brutalized the Native American population he encountered, including forced conversions to Christianity, stealing their land, and spreading diseases among the population.

Congress created Columbus Day as a federal holiday in 1968, …

Sponsor and status

Norma Torres

Sponsor. Representative for California's 35th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Sep 30, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 30, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


84 Cosponsors (84 Democrats)



Sep 30, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5473 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5473. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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