BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Columbus Day is today. It's celebrated by some, because of Christopher Columbus' Italian heritage. But it's a day that also comes with some controversy for Native Americans.

Some people in Maine call today Indigenous People's Day, instead.

In Bangor, the Wabanaki people of Maine, native people and others came together for a ceremony. They say the event honors the suffering that Native Americans endured-- before the land became the Americas.

The Wabanaki shared their thoughts and insight on the matter. They also shared the history of their tribe. Indigenous People’s Day is also marked in several other communities across the country.