Councilmember O’Farrell is the first Native American to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. A member of the Wyandotte Nation, his grandfather served as chief of the Nation and his mother was an active member of the Wyandotte community.
Councilmember O’Farrell spearheaded the movement in Los Angeles to re-designate Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on the first Monday in October. In August 2017, with hundreds of local Native American leaders and community members in attendance, the City Council approved O’Farrell’s initiative to create Indigenous Peoples Day.
The City of Los Angeles has officially celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day every October since 2018.
Los Angeles’s historic action has helped pave the way for other, larger municipalities and jurisdictions, including Los Angeles County, to make similar moves. Los Angeles’s establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day was cited as a contributing factor when, in October 2021, President Biden issued a federal declaration celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day — the first such declaration in United States history.