Yesterday was Columbus Day, a national federal holiday (October 8), which is meant to celebrate Christopher Columbus’s “discovery” of America on October 12, 1492. Instead of cosigning on a lie, and the blatant disrespect of the indigenous community, here at HipLatina we prefer to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day instead.
Columbus Day might have been yesterday, but we shouldn’t just rely on one day to celebrate and educate about America’s indigenous communities. Let’s take a moment to highlight the strong women who were a part of stirring change. The following 11 indigenous Latinas (chosen to offer a representation of various Latin American countries), are heroines you should know about.