Los Angeles celebrated its inaugural Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday on what previously had been recognized as Columbus Day.
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, a Native American himself, led the move to officially change the holiday, beginning back in 2015. LA is now the largest city to make the change, joining more than a dozen other cities that celebrate.
"I never anticipated that I would be doing this," O'Farrell said, "but when I met with elders and tribal leaders… it was very crystal clear to me that this was part of my, I would say destiny."
Native Americans who took part in Downtown LA's festivities traveled from across the country.
"It means that indigenous peoples' culture and life still continue," said Chief Redblood Anthony Morales of the local Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe. "It's never become extinct like people think, but here we are today. Here we are."