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Columbus Day shines light on growing movement to replace holiday

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Columbus statue in Detroit, Michigan, with a hatchet in his head.

CBS News, October 9, 2017

NEW YORK — Is it time to say arrivederci to Christopher Columbus?

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S., with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism. Read the rest of this entry

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These 8 US Cities Just Abolished Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the US and the target of protests since at leas the 1950s.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the US and the target of protests since at leas the 1950s.

Dylan Sevett, USUncut, October 8, 2015

Following a growing trend, the city council of Albuquerque, New Mexico has voted six to three to recognize October 12th – typically known to most as “Columbus Day” within the USA– as Indigenous Peoples’ day in a new proclamation. Albuquerque has the highest concentration of Indigenous people in New Mexico.

In the past two months, eight cities got rid of Columbus Day in favor of adopting Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Three of those cities adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day this week. Read the rest of this entry

Seattle Marches To Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

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Statement from Leonard Peltier on Indigenous People’s Day, Oct 2012

Greetings my relatives and friends, supporters!

Leonard Peltier, Native American Prisoner of War in the USA, currently held in a Florida prison.

I know I say this same line all the time but in reality you all are my relatives and I appreciate you. I cannot say that enough. Some of our people, as well as ourselves have decided to call today Indigenous Day instead of Columbus Day and it makes me really think about how many People who still celebrate Columbus, a cruel, mass murderer who on his last trip to the Americas, as I have read, was arrested by his own people for being too cruel. When you consider those kinds of cruelty against our People and his status, it makes you wonder to what level he had taken his cruelty. In all of this historical knowledge that is available people still want to celebrate and hold in high esteem this murderer. Read the rest of this entry