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Demonstrators dance as they march in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Freedom Plaza on Oct. 11. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Although some Americans got the day off Monday for Columbus Day, many communities around the country took the opportunity to commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day and honor the contributions of Native Americans.

Why it matters: Last week President Biden became the first president to issue an official proclamation commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day.

  • "The contributions that Indigenous peoples have made throughout history ... are integral to our Nation, our culture, and our society," Biden said.

The big picture: Monday's annual Columbus Day celebrations in Washington, D.C., were disrupted by Indigenous and climate activists, per the Washington Examiner.

  • Protestors spray-painted the words "expect us" on a statue of Andrew Jackson. Activists with the chant "respect us or expect us," have protested a potentially hazardous pipeline running through Indigenous lands in Minnesota.
  • Monday's Boston Marathon was preceded by a traditional Jingle Dress Dance near the race's finish line Sunday night, and an opening statement Monday morning acknowledging the race's route through Indigenous lands, the New York Times reports.
In photos
Richard Langdeaux carried a Rosebud Sioux Tribe flag as he crossed the finish line of the 125th Boston Marathon on Indigenous Peoples Day in Boston on Oct. 11. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
"Expect Us" is painted on a statue of U.S. President Andrew Jackson during a climate change protest on Indigenous Peoples Day outside the White House. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jason Crazy Bear Turcuit Keck poses for a portrait before a climate march in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day at Freedom Plaza on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Hundreds of Native Americans and supporters of environmental advocacy organizations rally near the White House. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts first-ever driverless car race

Boston Dynamics' robot dog holds the starting flag on the grid of the Indy Autonomous Challenge race at the Indianapolis Speedway on Oct. 23. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway helped autonomous vehicle researchers reach a new milestone over the weekend by hosting its inaugural driverless car race.

Driving the news: Nine teams from 21 universities competed to win the $1 million grand prize — with Technical University of Munich (TUM) recording the fastest two-lap average speed of 135.944 mph on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval, per an Indy Autonomous Challenge statement.

Facing existential threat from climate change, Pacific Islanders urge world to listen

Climate organizer Moñeka De Oro (left), Guam Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio and Micronesia Climate Change Alliance. Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Courtesy of MCCA and the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability

Decades after Pacific Islanders first raised the alarm, the rest of the world is finally catching up: The climate crisis is here, and it's accelerating.

Why it matters: Pacific Islanders, whose nations face an existential threat from climate change, were a major force behind the Paris Agreement. Heading into November's UN climate summit, they are calling for greater urgency in meeting the goals of the accord, and more direct action from world leaders — especially President Biden.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.