Columbus Day? In More than 50 Cities, It's Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus Day? In More than 50 Cities, It's Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus Day? In More than 50 Cities, It's Indigenous Peoples Day

"He changed the history of the world forever", Professor Philip DiNovo, Founder and President of American Italian Heritage, said.

Historians in recent years have reassessed Columbus and the general depiction of him as a heroic figure.

"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.

While many schoolchildren learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, less appealing details of Columbus' journeys include the enslavement of Native Americans and the spread of deadly diseases. In the wake of this summer's controversy over monuments to the Confederacy and Confederate soldiers, supporters of Indigenous People's Day say they aren't trying to rewrite history.

Several cities, including Seattle, Washington; Albuquerque, New Mexico; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Phoenix, Arizona, are among those celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.

More than 3,000 people RSVP'ed for the Indigenous Peoples Day event on the group's Facebook page, but an organizer pointed out that many of them are not local.

The urban legend would have you believe Americans celebrate Columbus Day to honor a heroic man who founded the US.

Los Angeles, after an August resolution, now refers to the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day and encourages greater study of Native American culture in schools.

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Assemblyan Charles Barron, D-Brooklyn, is set to detail on Monday legislation that would change state law to recognize the second Monday in October not as Columbus Day, but as "Indigenous People's Day".

As the holiday approached, NY police kept 24-hour guard over the imposing Christopher Columbus statue in Midtown Manhattan.

He noted that October is also Italian American month.

Enjoy your Columbus Day and I hope everyone takes time to think about the complexities of history; when accomplishments are measured up against the imperfections of human beings. The city renamed Columbus Day as "Indigenous Peoples' Day" in the beginning of 1992.

Sagaskie is proud Mount Pleasant recognizes this day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe, said historical accuracy is important.

"Burying history is the worst way", Brophy said. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "The Italian American Civic League of Utah sent the City Council a letter September 26, understanding the proposed resolution as the rejection of Columbus Day - "an uncalled-for affront to our culture" and "degrading and demeaning to all Italian-Americans".

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