4 Ways to Honor Indigenous People in Bergen County
Columbus Day is also Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Here’s how to learn about and commemorate the indigenous groups close to home.
You may be one of the lucky ones who has a day off on Monday for Columbus Day, but you have the indigenous people to thank for that PTO too. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated by many on the same day as Columbus Day—which falls this year on Oct. 11—and it’s a way for us to recognize the contributions that Native Americans and other indigenous groups made to American history, as well as a way to honor their cultures. On this day, we’re also encouraged to remember that Native Americans occupied our land long before 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue (yes, folks, it’s true!).
- The Cadmus House, Fair Lawn is a museum that houses historical Native American artifacts.
*14 Pollitt Dr., Fair Lawn, 201.796.7692
- Pascack Reformed Church Cemetery, Park Ridge is a cemetery for African American veterans, and the American Indian Cemetery lies here as well.
*65 Pascack Rd., Park Ridge, 201.391.4066
- Ramapo Mountains and the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Mahwah, are named for the Ramapo (also spelled Ramapough) Lenape Indians, who inhabited the land centuries ago.
*156 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah
- Hackensack, the Bergen County seat, is named after the Achkinheshcky tribe, the derivative of “Hackensack.” This tribe lived along the banks of the Hackensack River before Dutch settlers arrived in 1693, according to hackensack.org.
Want to know more about the Native Americans’ history in Bergen County? Bergen Historical Society’s website has an overview, along with details about the Lenni Lenape tribe that populated the land here.