Barron bill would change Columbus Day to 'Indigenous People's Day'

Barron bill would change Columbus Day to 'Indigenous People's Day'

Barron bill would change Columbus Day to 'Indigenous People's Day'

"Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions - even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity", Trump said.

"To try to take it away, I'm sorry, but they're climbing up the wrong tree", said George Iannuzzo, co-founder and past president of the Tewksbury Sons of Italy.

Explaining the reasoning, Councilman Paul Lopez pointed to the Native American tribes of the Arapaho and Cheyenne, who used land on the site of what would eventually become the city.

Such re-evaluations don't change history, but they do change how we remember it.

"Obviously they feel insulted - and to be honest, they should be, because he has not taken a stand on defending the Christopher Columbus statue", the Staten Island Assemblywoman said.

Among the communities to have officially gone to Indigenous Peoples Day as of past year are East Lansing and Ann Arbor.

Two additional states, Iowa and Nevada, do not celebrate it as an official holiday, but the respective governors are authorized and requested by statute to proclaim the day each year.

In New York City, home of one of the largest Columbus Day parades in the world, Mayor Bill de Blasio has created a commission to examine whether the landmark statue of the explorer near Central Park should be removed, renamed or reinterpreted.

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Christopher Columbus, oftentimes accredited with "discovering America" by residents of the Americas, isn't viewed in the same light by native peoples of the Americas.

The group, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, hopes to "reclaim" the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. I'm 58 years old now, so a long time.

Antonia Gonzales, host of National Native News, joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about Columbus Day, the man behind that holiday, and Indigenous Peoples Day. Three states - Alaska, Minnesota and Vermont - have changed the holiday.

The movement can generally be traced back to 1991, when Indigenous Peoples Day was first codified into law in Berkeley, Calif., as a counterpoint to the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing.

One option is adding statues, said Alfred Brophy, a law professor at the University of Alabama who studies historical memory.

Despite the anti-immigrant sentiment at the time, Italians during the 19 century sought to place a Christopher Columbus monument as memorial to their fellow countrymen.

"There are a lot of inaccuracies in our history", Green said.

Myself an Italian-American, I've always found it unusual that so many other Italians look to Columbus as the standard bearer of Italian pride. While many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, it is not widely celebrated by others.

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