Harvard University is the latest of a developing number of colleges to add “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” to its calendar, an effort, supporters say, to spurn colonialism represented by Columbus Day.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first was introduced in Berkeley, Calif. in 1992, but it’s recently become more popular on campuses nationwide.

Instead of celebrating explorer Christopher Columbus, students demonstrate against colonialism through events such as planting trees, hosting open mics to denounce so-called exploitation of weaker countries and rendering guest lecturings on Native American grievances.

Harvard’s decision comes a year after the Cambridge City Council unanimously decided to rename Columbus Day, The Harvard Crimson reported.

Nadeem Mazen, the Cambridge city councilor who proposed the renaming, said here move was intended to reclaim the day for Native Americans killed after Columbus landed.

“At a basic level, we’re saying’ no’ to a period named after someone who was a dictator, and was a torturer, and was a destroyer of Indigenous people, to become this around and to honor those people without saying anything bad about other people, ” he said.

Native Americans at Harvard College echoed Mazen, and plan to celebrate indigenous culture and demonstrate against the person or persons represented by Columbus Day.

“It’s a festivity of our survival in that we’re still there, flourishing, even though it’s not really known, ” said Ashley Hamilton, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and vice president of Native Americans at Harvard College.

According to a Harvard spokesperson, the Faculty of Artworks and Sciences updated the wording on the calendar to include both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day in accordance with federal and Cambridge parameters.

A sign is held aloft during an Indigenous People Day march Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Seattle. In 2014, the Seattle City Council voted to stop realize Columbus Day and instead turned the second Monday in October into a period of recognition of Native American cultures and folks.( AP Photo/ Elaine Thompson) ( Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved .)

Other universities marking “indigenous peoples” over Christopher Columbus for the first time this year include Fredonia College, the University of Texas El Paso, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, according to the College Fix .

Fredonia College, in explaining its decision, stated the “suggestion that the U.S. celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day emerged in 1977 at a United Nations-sponsored conference where the issue of discrimination against indigenous populations in the U.S. was confronted.”

Fredonia noted the latter are joining metropolis such as Los Angeles, Berkeley, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle, as well as states such as South Dakota, Hawaii and Alaska.

Columbia University’s Native American Council plans a daylong observance for its “Indigenous Peoples’ Day: 500 Times of Resistance”- including an open mic that in past years had people perform “spoken work poetry, sing, dance, talk about their indigeneity, or share a piece of writing.”

Vanderbilt University is hosting guest talker Albert Bender, who is described as “attorney of Indian Law, political activist, and writer who expended several months participating in the Standing Rock protests.” Bender has been trying to get Nashville to rename the vacation for years.

Brandeis College is hosting their second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Teach-In that’s set to include lectures and films on persecution of Native American people, as well as a demonstration from the Brandeis Climate Justice group.

Dennis Zack, coordinator of American Indian Student Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, said the campus will host an Indigenous Peoples’ Day to challenge preconceived ideas about Columbus Day, according to the Advance-Titan.

“In reality, the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 made colonialism, enslavement and the forced removals of the tribe that followed the’ breakthrough of America, ‘” Zack said.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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