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How Christopher Columbus, of all people, became a national symbol

Christopher Columbus was a narcissist. He believed he was personally chosen by God for a mission that no one else could achieve. After 1493, he signed his name “xpo ferens” — “the Christbearer.”

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11/10/2018

article Columbus Comes Down: How a ‘Symbol of Atrocity’ Finally Became a Moment of Healing
(California) -- A statue of explorer Christopher Columbus that stood for 45 years in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park was removed Saturday after a healing ceremony and...

11/9/2018

article Downtown L.A.’s Christopher Columbus Statue Is Being Removed for Good
(California) -- In October, the bronze statue depicting Christopher Columbus at Grand Park was completely hidden from view during Los Angeles’ inaugural...

11/4/2018

article Columbus Day-Indigenous Peoples Day Fast Facts
(Montana) -- Here is a look at Columbus Day (also known as Indigenous Peoples Day in some jurisdictions). In 2019, they will be celebrated on October 14.

10/28/2018

article Santa Barbara Exploring Switch to Indigenous Peoples Day Over Columbus Day
(California) -- In solidarity with the local Chumash community, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo and Councilman Oscar Gutierrez want the city to recognize Indigenous...

10/22/2018

article Anti-Columbus day protesters vandalize museum in South Philadelphia
(Pennsylvania) -- On Monday morning at approximately 4:35 a.m., an unidentified protester spray painted Anti-Columbus day messages on the sidewalks of the History of...

10/17/2018

article MIT considering renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Massachusetts) -- In May 2016, the Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to name Indigenous Peoples’ Day a city holiday, which the city will celebrate instead...

10/13/2018

article The Global Chef: Goodbye Columbus: Welcome Indigenous Peoples Day
(Michigan) -- Maybe you didn’t know, but Monday, Oct. 8 was National Indigenous Peoples Day. Many cities like our own Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Alpena, East...

10/10/2018

article UI's first Indigenous Peoples Day marks 'a lot of progress'
(Illinois) -- Thirty years ago, Santa Fe artist Charlene Teters was recruited to the University of Illinois with two other Native American students to fulfill her dream...

10/9/2018

article Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking American History
(Washington D.C.) -- The first documented observance of Columbus Day in the United States took place in New York City in 1792, on the 300th anniversary of Columbus...
article On Indigenous People’s Day, a Look at the Movement to Revive Native Foodways and How Western Science Might Support—For a Change
(USA) -- "Tribes are not sovereign unless they can feed themselves," noted Ross Racine, executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council.
article BLOG: From Columbus to Indigenous Peoples’ Day: More Than Window Dressing?
(Oregon) -- Today, Truthout published a piece I wrote called “Beyond Columbus Day: Changing the Name Is Just the First Step.” I’ve been writing and...
article Opinion: Native Americans still suffer from legacy of broken promises
(Massachusetts) -- Today, we celebrate Native American Day, and we’re off to a bad start. The decision on Sept. 7 by the Department of the Interior, the agency...
article Trump again makes no mention of indigenous peoples in Columbus Day proclamation
(USA) -- President Trump on Monday commemorated Columbus Day, praising the 15th century explorer for his determination and leaving out any mention of Native Americans in...
article Native American leader takes aim at Cuomo's statue plans
(New York) -- The head of the American Indian Law Alliance is taking aim at Gov. Cuomo to nominate New York City's statue of Christopher Columbus to the National...

10/8/2018

article 'This event is all about inclusiveness': Tulsa's Native American Day back Monday for second year
(Oklahoma) -- Coming just three weeks after the resolution establishing it, Tulsa’s first Native American Day in 2017 didn’t have the benefit of a lot of...
article Across the US, more cities ditch Columbus Day to honor those who really discovered America
(USA) -- By now, you probably know Christopher Columbus didn't discover America. He wasn't even the first European to do it. Somehow, the 15th-century Italian explorer...
article Columbus, Ohio, once spent $95 million to celebrate Columbus Day. Now, it’s canceled.
(Ohio) -- In 1992, an 88-acre park a couple miles from downtown Columbus, Ohio, transformed into a floral wonderland. The six-month exhibit was like a cross between a...
article For first time, Columbus will not observe Columbus Day, its namesake holiday
(Ohio) -- The city of Columbus, Ohio, will not observe the controversial federal holiday honoring its namesake, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, for the first time...
article In South Dakota, it's Native American Day, not Columbus Day
(South Dakota) -- While much of the rest of the country is celebrating Columbus Day today, in South Dakota the state government, schools and citizens are recognizing a...
article Native American Day Parade to celebrate local tribal nations
(South Dakota) -- The Native American Day parade will start at 10:00 AM on Monday in Downtown Sioux Falls. Floats will start at the corner of 13th Street and Phillips...
article Native American Longhouse Eena Haws hosts Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Oregon) -- What was once known as Columbus Day in Corvallis is now celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as of Oct. 2017. Due to the activism of Native American...
article Beyond Columbus Day: Changing the Name Is Just the First Step
(Oregon) -- On Wednesday, October 3, the Cincinnati city council joined a growing trend when it voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
article How Christopher Columbus, of all people, became a national symbol
(USA) -- Christopher Columbus was a narcissist. He believed he was personally chosen by God for a mission that no one else could achieve. After 1493, he signed his name...
article What Columbus Day really celebrates: The “most massive act of genocide” in world history
(USA) -- "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," goes the children's rhyme. A popular version of the song continues: 'Indians! Indians!'...
article What is Indigenous Peoples Day? More US cities replace Columbus Day to honor Native Americans
(Georgia) -- More and more cities across the United States are celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day, a counter-holiday honoring the history and...
article Stop canceling school for Columbus Day
(USA) -- Columbus Day is the most useless holiday on the federal calendar — and it's time to stop using it as an excuse for a day off school. Set aside, for a...
article “Columbus in America” Excellent Tool for Educators
(USA) -- Every second Monday in October imperialism, colonialism, racism, greed, religion, human rights, environmentalism and education all take center stage around one...
article Editorial: Iowa right to choose Indigenous Peoples Day over Columbus Day
(Iowa) -- Today, the federal government celebrates the holiday currently recognized as Columbus Day. The history behind the observance of Columbus Day stretches back to...
article Opinion / Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018: Reflections on a Divided America
(Michigan) -- We live in a divided America. As a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, from early childhood, I often had uneasy feelings when Columbus...
article Listen To A 'Native American Poets Playlist' For Indigenous People's Day, At Harvard's Peabody Museum
(Massachusetts) -- Monday is Columbus Day – but not for everyone. Some states and cities, including Cambridge, are choosing instead to highlight historic...

10/7/2018

article Columbus, Ohio won't observe Columbus Day
(Ohio) -- The city of Columbus, Ohio, won’t observe Columbus Day this year, breaking with a decades-long tradition in the city named for the explorer. The city announced...
article The City of Columbus Does Away With Columbus Day — to Celebrate Veterans Instead
(Ohio) -- The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the...
article I’m Not American, But The Anger Around Columbus Day Still Hits Close To Home
(Australia) -- Every year around Columbus Day, the holiday to commemorate Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus' contributions to what's now the United...
article Maine communities prepare to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Maine) -- Several Maine communities will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday in October -- the federal holiday of Columbus Day.
article UNM celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day
(New Mexico) -- The University of New Mexico will officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day for the first time in school history on Monday, Oct. 8 in an effort to...
article OP/ED: Native Americans still suffer from legacy of broken promises
(Massachusetts) -- Today, we celebrate Native American Day, and we’re off to a bad start. The decision on Sept. 7 by the Department of the Interior, the agency charged...

10/6/2018

article Pro: Should Columbus Day be renamed Indigenous Nations Day?
(Minnesota) -- The question of whether Indigenous Peoples Day should replace Columbus Day as an official government holiday should ultimately be one of democratic...

10/5/2018

article Native American imagery is all around us, while the people are often forgotten
(USA) -- For indigenous people, everything from Columbus Day to sports team mascots are reminders of how their culture was nearly killed — and is still...
article Daugaard: In South Dakota, it's called Native Americans' Day
(South Dakota) -- If you look at your calendar, I’ll bet on Monday, Oct. 8, it said “Columbus Day.” Though the designation may serve as a good reminder...
article Los Angeles celebrates Indigenous People's Day this Monday
(California) -- This Monday, Los Angeles will be observing Indigenous People's Day. Last August, councilman Mitch O'Farrell led the initiative to replace...
article Thune: Happy Native Americans' Day
(South Dakota) -- It’s been 28 years since South Dakota started recognizing the second Monday in October as Native Americans’ Day. In 1990, Governor George...

10/4/2018

article Should Columbus Day Be Replaced With Indigenous Peoples Day?
(New York) -- Does your school or community recognize Columbus Day as an official holiday? What do you know about Christopher Columbus, and what did you learn about him...

10/3/2018

article City of Cincinnati will now recognize Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Ohio) -- Going forward the City of Cincinnati will recognize Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day, an idea that was first floated two years ago but defeated then...
article Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor Native American women
(Missouri) -- One in three Native American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. They also go missing and are murdered at an alarmingly high rate. Adria...
article Colorado's War of the Words Continues Over Columbus Day
(Colorado) -- On Saturday, October 6, Denver’s annual Columbus Day Parade will start at West 14th Avenue and Bannock Street.

10/2/2018

article UI planning campuswide celebration for Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois is joining in a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, with UI graduate Charlene Teters as the keynote speaker.

10/1/2018

article Take That Columbus! Fourth Annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in New York
(New York) -- On October 7 and 8 a consortium of 9 Indigenous organizations will gather in the New York City area to unify and bring awareness to Indigenous People...

9/29/2018

article Mayor sets Indigenous Peoples Day observance
(Oklahoma) -- The mayor's endorsement this week of an Indigenous Peoples Day observance is a reminder, as David Holt wrote in his proclamation, that Oklahoma City...

9/28/2018

article Native American Day 2018: Facts About North America's Indigenous People
(Indian Country) -- Native American Day is celebrated in the U.S. states of California and Nevada on the fourth Friday of September. This year it falls on Sept. 28.
article Black Eyed Peas to join Redbone at First Los Angeles Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- The world-renowned Grammy-winning group, the Black Eyed Peas, will join the iconic Native American rock group Redbone for the grand finale concert at the...

9/27/2018

article Black Eyed Peas to Perform at Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- The Black Eyed Peas will perform at the grand finale concert for the first celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles, City Councilman Mitch O’...
article Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day? (Your letters)
(New York) -- To the Editor: I'd like to thank you for your Sept. 20, 2018, article, "Mayor Walsh to kick-start discussion about Columbus Day in Syracuse,...
article Mayor designates Oct. 8 as Indigenous Peoples Day in Oklahoma City
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt has designated Oct. 8 as Indigenous Peoples Day in Oklahoma City. Holt's proclamation contrasts with the city council...

9/25/2018

article Mayor Holt declares Oct. 8 as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oklahoma City
(Oklahoma) -- Mayor David Holt declared that Oct. 8, 2018, will be Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oklahoma City. "Whether called Indigenous, Native, Native American...

9/23/2018

article Port Angeles OKs Indigenous People’s Day after debate
(Washington) -- After a lively debate, the Port Angeles City Council voted last week to recognize Indigenous People’s Day on Columbus Day. The council voted 5-1...

9/22/2018

article Council considers passing indigenous peoples day resolution
(Arizona) -- Flagstaff City Council may be ready to declare Indigenous Peoples Day to occur on the second Monday of October, the same day as Columbus Day. A resolution...

9/19/2018

article Pullman considers establishing Indigenous Peoples Day
(Idaho) -- Cities across the nation have established Indigenous Peoples Day as a tribute to native peoples who have historically been displaced in the name of American...

8/29/2018

article Local group wants Christopher Columbus statue removed from Tower Grove Park
(Missouri) -- Tower Grove Park announced that it will form a commission to study the presence of a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus. The Columbus statue...

8/27/2018

article Native iconic group REDBONE to headline Indigenous People’s Day Concert in L.A.
(California) -- The iconic Native American rock group REDBONE, who has graced the music world with such long-lasting hits as “Come and Get Your Love” is set...

8/26/2018

article Indigenous People's Week in October
(Arkansas) -- The Native American Student Association, Native American Symposium Committee, Mont Alto Orchestra, and University Libraries invite you to join them the...

7/25/2018

article City looks to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day
(Georgia) -- The City of South Fulton is exploring changing the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The resolution was drafted by Mayor Pro Tem Mark...

7/23/2018

article North Andover selectmen vow to celebrate Indigenous People's Day along with Columbus Day
(Massachusetts) -- The town seal of North Andover depicts a Native American man in a canoe, not a European settler. North Andover holds place names like Weir Hill and...

7/18/2018

article Indigenous Peoples' Day an Official Holiday in Tompkins County
(New York) -- The Tompkins County Legislature officially created a new holiday, designed to honor the history of the region It's called. Indigenous Peoples' Day...

6/21/2018

article Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous leaders call for celebration
(North Canada) -- Indigenous leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador are asking everyone in the province to celebrate today: National Indigenous Peoples Day. When Innu...

5/8/2018

article Leader calls Fallin’s veto of ‘Oklahoma Native American Day’ a ‘slap in the face’
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders and activists respond to Gov. Mary Fallin vetoing a bill that would have established the second Monday in October as “Oklahoma Native...

5/7/2018

article It is an Understatement to Say "The Tribes Are Displeased With Governor Fallin"
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation designating Oklahoma Native American Day on the same day the state observes Columbus Day. The bill , which...

5/6/2018

article Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes bill creating Native American Day
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation designating Oklahoma Native American Day on the same day the state observes Columbus Day. The bill, which received...
article Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Vetoes Attempt To Move Native American Day To Coincide With Columbus Day
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov, Mary Fallin has vetoed a measure that would have moved “Native American Day” in Oklahoma from its current date in November to Oct...

5/5/2018

article Gov. Fallin vetoes statewide Oklahoma Native American Day
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma Native American Day will not be recognized on the second Monday in October. This comes after Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill this week.

5/4/2018

article Cherokee Nation reacts to governor's veto of Native American Day in October
(Oklahoma) -- Native Americans are reacting to what they're calling a stunning veto by the governor. In the middle of One Oak Field the Cherokee Nation Choir stood...
article Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes bill that would have changed Native American Day in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would have changed the day honoring Native Americans in Oklahoma. House Bill 2661, authored by Rep. Chuck Hoskin...
article Governor vetoes bill recognizing Oklahoma Native American Day
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin this week vetoed House Bill 2261, a bill calling for the recognition of a statewide Oklahoma Native American Day on the...

4/23/2018

article Columbus Day could become 'Indigenous Peoples Day' in Mankato
(Minnesota) -- The second Monday in October, a federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, would be Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato under a resolution the City...

4/19/2018

article In Uncomfortable Twist, Indigenous People and Italians Will Share Holiday
(California) -- Four months after Columbus Day was renamed in honor of Native Americans, San Francisco supervisors voted to also name the same day in honor of Italian...

4/4/2018

article SKELTON: California passes a lot of dumb bills. Ending Columbus Day would be one of them
(California) -- The Legislature passed nearly 1,000 bills last year. A few were important. Most were not. Many were frivolous, some dumb — a waste of politicians...

3/23/2018

article Backlash after school district votes to rename Columbus Day
(Connecticut) -- A West Hartford school voted this week to rename a national holiday. The board voted to rename Columbus Day to "Indigenous People's Day."...

3/22/2018

article Backlash after school district votes to rename Columbus Day
(Connecticut) -- A West Hartford school voted this week to rename a national holiday. The board voted to rename Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day....

3/21/2018

article West Hartford Changes Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples Day
(Connecticut) -- The second Monday in October — the holiday formerly known as Columbus Day — will now be called Indigenous Peoples Day at West Hartford...

3/17/2018

article Minnesota briefs: Pipestone County approves Indigenous Peoples Day
(Minnesota) -- Pipestone County commissioners voted unanimously last week to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.

3/15/2018

article Sen. Peshlakai’s Native American Day bill advances to Arizona House
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Senate has approved a bill to establish June 2 as Native American Day. Sponsored by Sen. Jamescita Mae Peshlakai, whose district spans seven...

2/27/2018

article SF Supervisor Stefani wants indigenous people, Italian Americans to share day
(California) -- San Francisco stripped the name of Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, from his commemorative day in October. But that doesn’t mean the...

2/17/2018

article Letter: Poor reasoning behind Columbus Day change
(Massachusetts) -- To the editor: When I read the article in The Eagle (Feb. 9) regarding the Pittsfield School Committee's decision to change the name of the school...

2/10/2018

article Pittsfield schools to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Massachusetts) -- The Pittsfield School Committee has unanimously voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day on its school calendars, the Berkshire...

1/28/2018

article Pittsfield Schools Backs Indigenous Peoples Day
(Massachusetts) -- Christopher Columbus wasn't just a poor explorer, but also a horrible human being who should never have been honored in the first place, according...

1/26/2018

article Pittsfield Schools Backs Indigenous Peoples Day
(Massachusetts) -- Christopher Columbus wasn't just a poor explorer, but also a horrible human being who should never have been honored in the first place, according...

1/25/2018

article ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’, Chicago kid blasts teacher for lying about Christopher Columbus
(Illinois) -- Chicago student King Johnson had a message for his teacher this week: He has a zero-tolerance policy on inaccurate history lessons.

1/24/2018

article State House considers bill to rename Columbus Day
(New Hampshire) -- The New Hampshire House of Representatives is discussing House Bill 1604, an effort to rename “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous People...

1/23/2018

article Supervisors Vote 10-1 To Rename Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples' Day
(California) -- San Francisco supervisors today voted 10-1 to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day despite a last-minute effort to delay the vote in...

1/22/2018

article Should San Francisco rename Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day?
(California) -- San Francisco is in the middle off a controversy over a name. Lawmakers are considering joining a growing list of cities doing away with the Columbus Day...

1/21/2018

article SF to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- San Francisco may decide Tuesday to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The proposal comes amid a growing trend nationwide to no longer...

1/14/2018

article Pittsfield Schools Considers Using Indigenous People Day, Not Columbus
(Massachusetts) -- The School Department may join the growing movement behind switching out Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day.

1/12/2018

article Columbus statue to remain in NYC park
(New York) -- A statue of Christopher Columbus, credited for being among the first to colonize North America, will remain in a New York City park, said a commission...
article Half-Measures Won’t Erase the Painful Past of Our Monuments
(New York) -- We live in a culture of digital now-ness, twitter-surfing, trivia bingeing — which has become a culture of not-knowing history. I became acutely...
article No Traveling for New York’s Columbus Statue, Mayor Decides
(New York) -- Back in the heat of summer, when the nation’s attention was on rioting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that...

12/21/2017

article Taos school district recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day; keeps Columbus Day
(New Mexico) -- Taos Municipal Schools joined a growing grassroots effort Tuesday (Dec. 12) when the board voted during a regular meeting to adopt a resolution...

12/16/2017

article Columbus Circle without Columbus? New York's statue debate hits Italian-Americans hard
(New York) -- The famous memorial, donated to the city by immigrants in 1892, the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage, has been caught up in the...

12/9/2017

article Activists hang strongly-worded banner against Notre Dame murals
(Indiana) -- A local group rolled out a banner Friday morning with a message against on-campus murals that the group said negatively portray Native Americans. Rising...

12/3/2017

article Students call for removal of Christopher Columbus murals
(Indiana) -- Some University of Notre Dame students, employees and alumni say 19th century murals of Christopher Columbus should be removed from a school building...

11/29/2017

article Notre Dame students, staff call for removal of Christopher Columbus murals
(Indiana) -- Some University of Notre Dame students, employees and staff are calling for the removal of large murals in the main building. The murals, depict life of...

11/26/2017

article OP/ED: We should expand our recognition of Indigenous people during holidays
(Indian Country) -- Thanksgiving has been well known for controversy, thanks to its roots in the genocide of Indigenous peoples dating back to the original colonization...

11/18/2017

article Amid Raging Debate Over Statues, a Calm Discussion in New York
(New York) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio may have opened up a civic can of worms when he promised to wipe “symbols of hate” from city property, ultimately creating...
article Attendees debate statue removal at first public hearing of de Blasio's commission studying 'symbols of hate'
(New York) -- Two dozen people turned out to offer their feelings about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Boss Tweed Friday, as Mayor de Blasio’s commission to...
article New Yorkers split over whether to nix Christopher Columbus
(New York) -- New Yorkers got their first chance Friday to sound off on Christopher Columbus — and they split nearly evenly over whether statues honoring the famed...

11/15/2017

article Legislators Propose Bill To Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day
(Wisconsin) -- Roughly 200 students from Indian Community School of Milwaukee filled the state Capitol on Tuesday to show their support for legislation that would rename...

10/27/2017

article Indigenous Peoples Day helps shine the light of truth on California’s dark past
(California) -- On Oct. 3, 2017, the city of San Luis Obispo officially joined more than 40 other communities and several states across this country that have replaced...

10/18/2017

article Letter: Indigenous peoples should be respected on campus
(New Mexico) -- On Sept. 13, 2017, I presented a research poster titled “The Strength of the Native American Vote: How Voting Attitudes Among Native American...
article Kalamazoo City Commission Votes in Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Columbus Day Out
(Michigan) -- After a long debate on Monday, October 16, 2017, the Kalamazoo City Comission voted unanimously to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, instead of...

10/15/2017

article The American Indian Community House Calls for the Removal of a Columbus Statue in New York
(New York) -- We, at the American Indian Community House (AICH), the Interim Executive Director, Chair of the Board, Staff, Community Members, and non-Native allies are...
article Thomas Lucente: Columbus deserves to be honored
(Ohio) -- Last week, the United States, or at least the sane part, marked Columbus Day. Columbus Day is meant to mark the day when Christopher Columbus, an Italian...

10/11/2017

article Trump wades in to the Columbus Day fight
(Washington D.C.) -- A growing number of Americans are rethinking how they should talk about Italian explorer Christopher Columbus on the October day designated to honor...
article Syracuse school board shelves plan to replace Columbus Day after getting flak
(New York) -- The Syracuse school board shelved a proposal Wednesday night to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day after getting flak from the community over...
article As another Columbus Day passes, it's time to adapt an indigenous narrative
(Texas) -- This year, Austin joined 54 other cities and towns around the country in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October — the day...
article Why indigenous peoples are right to be offended by Columbus Day
(New York) -- We are indigenous peoples, and for us, every day is already Indigenous Peoples’ Day. So while we respect the desire for Italian Americans to...

10/10/2017

article MORON ALERT: Ben Shapiro apologizes for Columbus Day video slammed as racist
(Washington D.C.) -- Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro apologized on Tuesday for a Columbus Day video posted on his website that depicted Native Americans as cannibals. In...
article City Commission recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day at regular meeting
(Michigan) -- Mount Pleasant Mayor Kathy Ling recognized a positive relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe by welcoming members to conduct an honor song at...
article New Yorkers Call for Indigenous Peoples' Day and Removal of Columbus Statue
(New York) -- More than 50 US cities celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday in place of the federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer...
article Students protest removal of Indigenous Peoples’ Day flyers
(Virginia) -- Members of the Latinx Student Alliance and the Native American Student Union gathered Monday afternoon in the Amphitheater to jointly protest the removal...
article Updated! Depicting Native Americans as Bloodthirsty Savages on Columbus Day
(Washington D.C.) -- Today was (or still is, as of this writing) Columbus Day, one of the fakest of all fake ethnic holidays (and trust me, they're all fake). For...
article Panel discusses Columbus and the erasure of indigenous people groups
(Iowa) -- In 1937, the United States declared Columbus Day to be a federal holiday recognizing the landing of Christopher Columbus, and the subsequent colonization of...

10/9/2017

article THE FIX: Trump and the White House don’t acknowledge Native Americans in push not to ‘erase’ Columbus’s legacy
(Washington D.C.) -- A growing number of Americans are rethinking how they should talk about Italian explorer Christopher Columbus on the October day designated to honor...
article Trump Calls Columbus a “Man of Faith” in Holiday Proclamation
(Washington D.C.) -- In a presidential proclamation declaring Monday, October 9, 2017 as Columbus Day, President Donald Trump calls Columbus was “a man of faith....
article Trump does not mention Native Americans in Columbus Day proclamation, breaking with Obama
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump does not acknowledge Native Americans in his first proclamation of Columbus Day, breaking with his predecessor. Trump’s...
article Trump's Statement About Columbus Day Makes No Mention of Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Columbus Day has become a fraught holiday in the United States, but you wouldn’t know it from President Trump’s official proclamation.
article 'Columbus is Not a Hero,' Assemblyman Says in Call to Take Down Statue
(New York) -- On Columbus Day, the husband-wife duo of Assemblyman Charles Barron and City Councilwoman Inez Barron called for the removal of the city's most...
article 5 Young Native Americans On What Indigenous Peoples Day Means To Them
(USA) -- On Monday, as people across the country celebrated the controversial Columbus Day holiday, young Native Americans in Los Angeles marked Indigenous Peoples Day...
article Barron bill would change Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ (updated)
(New York) -- 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...
article Christopher Columbus statues in Connecticut defaced, police say
(Connecticut) -- Police have stepped up security after two Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint in Connecticut. Authorities say the statues at...
article Columbus Day nixed for 'Indigenous Peoples' Day' by more universities nationwide
(USA) -- Harvard University is the latest of a growing number of colleges to add "Indigenous Peoples’ Day” to its calendar, an effort, proponents say,...
article Fighting Spirit / SLC celebrates first Indigenous Peoples Day
(Utah) -- The drum, explains Carl Moore, is the heartbeat of Mother Earth, a revered matron who takes care of and provides for her people. “That’s why we...
article How Berkeley became the first city to ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- Indigenous Peoples Day, the holiday that celebrates Native American culture and its people, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Berkeley this week. It...
article Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Grand Rapids
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis, St. Paul and Grand Rapids, Minnesota are a few of the U.S. cities that celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 9 instead of Columbus Day.
article Indigenous People’s Day pushed to replace Columbus
(Michigan) -- Although it’s not an official city holiday, one Detroit council member is hoping to create an Indigenous People’s Day in place of Columbus Day.
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: The Roots of Anti-Columbus Day Activism May Surprise You
(North Dakota) -- I’ll admit that I don’t care much about Columbus Day. I think the explorer himself is a fascinating historical figure, and his...
article MORON ALERT: Columbus, the West, and the Myth of the Noble Savage
(Washington D.C.) -- Well, it’s Christopher Columbus Day again. And this, of course, means that it is but another occasion for leftists everywhere to repudiate...
article Native American Day: First Tulsa observance draws praise from local tribe members, participants
(Oklahoma) -- After lighting the sprig of sage, Michael Deo held it away from his body, letting the smoke spread outward and upward.
article New way of teaching Columbus: Putting him on trial for murder
(California) -- For decades, every American kid in a schoolyard has known Christopher Columbus as the Italian explorer who "in 1492, sailed the ocean blue."...
article Providence removing graffiti from vandalized Columbus statue
(Rhode Island) -- The police are investigating after a statue of Christopher Columbus was splashed with red paint Monday, on the day commemorating his arrival in the...
article Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire Website Posts Racist Video Mocking Native Americans for Columbus Day
(The Internet) -- To celebrate Columbus Day this year, right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro’s website posted a video apparently excusing ethnic genocide by depicting...
article Crazy Horse Memorial celebrates Native Americans' Day through music
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Crazy Horse Memorial, celebrated Native Americans' Day with a concert at the Crazy Horse Visitor Center.

10/8/2017

article Trump Issues Columbus Day Proclamation Without Obama’s Misgivings
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has issued the annual U.S. proclamation for Columbus Day this Monday without any of his predecessor’s misgivings...
article White America? Trump Praises 'Arrival of Europeans' In Columbus Day Message, Doesn't Mention Native Americans Who Were Slaughtered
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s Columbus Day message is a little different from that of his predecessor, with the Republican opting to leave out any...
article Pilgrim museum recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts museum on the historic English colony at Plymouth is recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. Plimoth Plantation will host...
article Group to gather at Columbus statue downtown for 'Indigenous Peoples Day'
(New York) -- A group is gathering tomorrow at Columbus Circle to celebrate the Onondaga Nation and other indigenous people around the world. The group, Neighbors of the...
article Indigenous Peoples Day? Italians say stick with Columbus
(New York) -- 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...
article NYC American Indian group pens letter urging de Blasio commission to remove Christopher Columbus statues
(New York) -- A group serving the city's indigenous people wants Mayor de Blasio's monuments commission to remove the city’s statues of Christopher...
article Here Are The Cities That Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day Instead of Columbus Day
(USA) -- Each year, more cities, states and universities opt to celebrate an alternative to Columbus Day: Indigenous Peoples' Day. Instead of honoring Christopher...
article Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a step toward justice for all
(Maine) -- What we choose to commemorate as a holiday reflects our values. As people of conscience acknowledge a conqueror’s history has distorted the historical...
article Italians decry plans to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in L.A. and other areas
(California) -- 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...
article Lincoln County Town Is First In State To Recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Kentucky) -- A small town right here in Kentucky is recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Supporters say it’s a step to teach people of the...
article Most Americans still view Christopher Columbus favorably while cities drop his holiday to honor Native peoples
(Oklahoma) -- Christopher Columbus may not be as popular now as he was when the U.S. capital and a national holiday were named in his honor, but a majority of Americans...
article Push to abolish Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day picks up steam
(Washington D.C.) -- A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the United States, with Los...
article Rolo: The truth about Christopher Columbus
(USA) -- For the past 80 years, since Columbus Day became a federal holiday, we have celebrated an explorer who engaged in enslavement, outright theft and the genocide...
article Tulsa World Editorial: Tulsa to celebrate its first Native American Day
(Oklahoma) -- Monday is the first official Native American Day in Tulsa. It’s about time. Oklahoma and Tulsa in particular are immersed in Native American culture...

10/6/2017

article City of Tulsa plans activities for first recognition of 'Native American Day'
(Oklahoma) -- The City of Tulsa has announced its plans for its first Native American Day celebration. Mayor G.T. Bynum and City Council Chair Anna America will join...
article MASON: Blaming Columbus Misses the Lessons of History
(New Mexico) -- As a proud member of both the Osage Nation (the Ni-U-Kon-Ska, "People of the Middle Waters"), and the Knights of Columbus, I am disgusted and...
article Top 5 atrocities committed by Christopher Columbus
(South Dakota) -- It’s difficult to think of a more perverse hero than Christopher Columbus, the Spaniard who led Europe’s first landing party in the...
article Tribe that encountered Pilgrims renames Columbus Day
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts tribe that was the first to encounter the Pilgrims is renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...

10/5/2017

article Oak Park District 97 to honor both Columbus Day, indigenous people on Oct. 9
(Illinois) -- Though the future of the holiday remains to be decided, Oak Park School District 97 will still recognize Columbus Day this month while also honoring people...
article Indigenous Peoples' Day not recognized in Cincinnati again: Councilmembers, mayor called hypocrites
(Ohio) -- Councilmembers and Mayor John Cranley were called hypocrites Wednesday when they again did not move to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

10/4/2017

article Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day in L.A. County
(California) -- Starting no later than 2019, the second Monday in October will be observed as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day in Los Angeles County,...
article L.A. County Replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- TITLE: Recommendation as submitted by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl: Designate October 12th of each year, as "Italian American Heritage Day" in...
article American Indian Center of Chicago Disapproval of State of Illinois Designated Indigenous Peoples Day to “Last Monday of September.”
(Illinois) -- Last month the 100th Illinois General Assembly passed a law that Gov. Rauner signed designating “the last Monday in September of each year as...
article Indigenous Peoples to share holiday with Columbus in Salt Lake City
(Utah) -- The second Monday of October will now stand for two holidays in Utah's capital city. The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to declare the...

9/29/2017

article With a narrow vote, Burbank officials replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- With a narrow 3-2 vote on Tuesday, Burbank became the most recent city in California to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.
article “Native American Day” to replace Columbus Day in Tulsa
(Oklahoma) -- The year 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Columbus Day being declared a federal holiday by the U.S. government. It was on Oct. 12, 1492 that Italian...

9/27/2017

article Group Calls Columbus Statue Vandalism ‘An Instrument Of Hate Against Italian Americans’
(New York) -- With a new social media campaign targeting Columbus Day, the NYPD is ramping up plans to protect statues across the city.
article Mayor proclaims Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day in Farmington
(New Mexico) -- Some members of the Navajo Nation who attended Tuesday's Farmington City Council meeting said a proclamation issued during the meeting could help...
article Santa Fe County declares Indigenous People’s Day
(New Mexico) -- The Santa Fe County Commission has declared that the second Monday in October — typically recognized as “Columbus Day” and a national...
article Some Cities, Native American Activists, Reject Columbus Day
(USA) -- “In fourteen-hundred-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” Generations of American schoolchildren have chanted this poem to celebrate...

9/26/2017

article A city’s effort to change Columbus Day proves ‘divisive’
(Washington) -- City Council members say they had no idea how much public debate would be aroused by deciding what to call the second Monday in October. Traditionally,...
article County Commission adopts Indigenous Peoples’ Day for second Monday in October
(New Mexico) -- County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a proclamation declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day should be celebrated in Santa Fe County the...

9/25/2017

article SLC Council to consider renaming Columbus Day as ‘Indigenous People’s Day’
(Utah) -- The City Council will consider renaming Columbus Day as "Indigenous Peoples Day." A resolution, being sponsored by Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie...

9/22/2017

article Tulsa City Council votes to recognize Native American Day on Columbus Day
(Oklahoma) -- The second Monday in October will be recognized by the city of Tulsa as Native American Day. The City Council passed a resolution on Wednesday at the...

9/13/2017

article Native American Group Wants Christopher Columbus Statue in Lancaster Removed
(Pennsylvania) -- An American Indian group wants a Pennsylvania county to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus near its courthouse. The Lancaster County Chapter of...
article Orono council votes to swap Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Maine) -- Orono town councilors Monday night unanimously voted to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day, becoming the third Maine community to...

9/12/2017

article Christopher Columbus statue defaced in Central Park
(New York) -- A vandal defiled a larger-than-life statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park on Tuesday, leaving “blood”-red paint on the explorer’...
article Group seeks removal of Christopher Columbus statue in Lancaster
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of Lancaster County residents is seeking the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue located in downtown Lancaster. The metal bust placed on...
article This Major City Just Voted to Do Away with Columbus Day
(California) -- The Los Angeles City Council has approved a motion to replace Columbus Day—traditionally celebrated on the second Monday of every October—...

9/11/2017

article Native Americans at UCLA celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day naming
(California) -- Clementine Bordeaux, a member of the Rosebud Lakota tribe, said she was surprised when the Los Angeles City Council voted to replace Columbus Day with a...

9/8/2017

article City of Oberlin Recognizes Indigenous People
(Ohio) -- When I was in elementary school, my teacher read us Jane Yolen’s Encounter, an illustrated book displaying a Native American child’s perspective on...
article Ithaca passes resolution for Indigenous Peoples' Day
(New York) -- The Ithaca Common Council unanimously passed a resolution to acknowledge the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day rather than Columbus...
article Letter: America must stop vilifying Columbus
(New York) -- The 15th century began the Age of Exploration. The explorers were extraordinary men, daring, and capable of miraculous as-well-as monstrous deeds.

9/5/2017

article Aspen city councilman pushes for renaming of Columbus Day
(Colorado) -- City Councilman Bert Myrin wants Aspen to treat Columbus Day similar to what cities such as Denver, San Francisco and just recently, Los Angeles, have...

8/30/2017

article L.A. City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on city calendar
(California) -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who viewed the explorer as a symbol...
article LA votes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- The City Council has voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official Los Angeles holiday. Councilmembers voted 14-1 to make the...
article Christopher Columbus Statue Beheaded in Yonkers
(New York) -- A statue of celebrated explorer Christopher Columbus was found beheaded in a Yonkers park. Lifelong resident Pat Gamberdella said he called police when he...

8/29/2017

article Columbus Day may soon be over in LA, replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- Will Los Angeles do away with Columbus Day and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead? That’s the question the L.A. City Council will be asked...
article Indigenous Peoples Day or Diversity Day? L.A. is poised to rename Columbus Day, but councilmen have different ideas
(California) -- Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino has long been effusive about his Italian heritage, bringing opera singers to City Hall and posting YouTube...
article Bangor to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Maine) -- The city of Bangor on Monday night became the second city in Maine and among a few dozens of U.S. cities to vote to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day...

8/28/2017

article Akron Considers Replacing Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Ohio) -- A measure being introduced in Akron City Council next month could remove the federal Columbus Day holiday and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

8/27/2017

article Akron considering changing name of Columbus Day
(Ohio) -- Another Ohio city is considering changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Akron City Councilman Russ Neal has proposed...

8/23/2017

article Akron proposal shuns Columbus for his role in Native American genocide and transatlantic slave trade
(Ohio) -- Akron could soon abolish Columbus Day — what some in a deeply divided America equate to yet another celebration of slavery and white oppression.

8/21/2017

article Demonstrators rally at City Hall to bring down Christopher Columbus statue
(Ohio) -- Christopher Columbus was a villain of history and his statue should be removed, according to demonstrators who gathered Saturday before one of several...

8/20/2017

article Dozens gather to protest Columbus bust in Detroit
(Colorado) -- A crowd of dozens gathered at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Saturday afternoon at the statue of Christopher Columbus. Detroit has largely...

8/6/2017

article City backs Indigenous People’s Day
(Oregon) -- As a small step toward righting historic injustices, not to mention correcting the historical record, the Ashland City Council on Tuesday unanimously...

7/24/2017

article Town Of Durham May Establish Indigenous Peoples' Day
(New Hampshire) -- On Wednesday morning, Durham’s three-person human rights commission will discuss establishing an Indigenous Peoples Day. Town administrator Todd...

6/27/2017

article Alaska Adopts New Law Declaring Indigenous Peoples Day
(Alaska) -- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Saturday, June 24, 2017 signed a bill into law officially designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. He...

6/25/2017

article Op-Ed: Goodbye, Columbus
(California) -- Earlier this month, a committee of the Los Angeles City Council backed a plan to reframe Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, following the lead of...

6/14/2017

article L.A. Committee to Explore Controversial Proposal to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- A Los Angeles City Council committee will continue Wednesday to explore a controversial proposal to replace Columbus Day with what would be called...

5/1/2017

article Students at UMass seek recognition of an Indigenous People’s Day
(Massachusetts) -- Students at the University of Massachusetts are looking to establish an Indigenous People’s Day at the university, after the passing of a...

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