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This Major City Just Voted to Do Away with Columbus Day

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a motion to replace Columbus Day—traditionally celebrated on the second Monday of every October—with Indigenous Peoples Day. The city joins a growing list of major cities to make the switch: In 2016, Phoenix changed the name and joined Portland, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, and Denver.

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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...

4/14/2017

article Indiana Indian Day to apologize to Native American Indians
(Indiana) -- Hoosiers are invited to join students, county historians, Mennonites, Catholics and others to attend Indiana Indian Day to apologize to Native American...

4/9/2017

article Joe Salazar introduces legislation to repeal Columbus Day as a state holiday in Colorado
(Colorado) -- State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Thornton Democrat, on Friday introduced a bill to cancel Columbus Day as a state holiday in Colorado and instead offer state...

3/27/2017

article Under compromise, Columbus Day would become Columbus, Standing Bear and Indigenous Leaders’ Day
(Nebraska) -- To Larry Wright Jr., Chief Standing Bear’s legacy is worthy of celebration, especially as Nebraska marks its 150th anniversary of statehood. After...

2/28/2017

article Bill to change name of Columbus Day takes step forward
(Montana) -- After emotional testimony from members of the American Indian caucus, joined by both Democrats and Republicans who implored lawmakers to change the name of...

2/25/2017

article OP/ED: Do the right thing: Change the name of Columbus Day
(Montana) -- Columbus Day or Montana Heritage Day — the name of the holiday might not mean much to you, but to me, as a Native American, it matters quite a lot.

2/18/2017

article Williamsville school board tackles Columbus Day as educational experience
(New York) -- Some other area schools have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, and now it is Williamsville's turn to tackle the topic.

2/17/2017

article Editorial: Lawmakers waste time on changing Columbus Day law
(Nevada) -- Lawmakers have just 120 days every other year to take care of business, and they are always complaining that there just isn’t enough time to get it...

2/10/2017

article Nevada legislative committee calls to change Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous People’s Day’
(Nevada) -- After hearing from more than a dozen American Indians Columbus Day is an insult to all tribal members, the Senate Government Affairs Committee voted...

2/9/2017

article Native American lawmakers asking to rename Columbus Day in Montana
(Montana) -- State lawmakers from Indian Country are asking their colleagues to help change Columbus Day to Montana Heritage Day. Rep. Bridget Smith, a Democrat...

2/2/2017

article SGA to discuss changing Columbus Day to Native American Day or Indigenous People’s Day
(Maryland) -- Months after Columbus Day, the University of Maryland SGA will discuss a resolution urging this university's administration to acknowledge the holiday...

1/27/2017

article SF school board dumps Columbus for Indigenous People’s Day
(California) -- San Francisco’s Board of Education has voted unanimously to remove Columbus Day from the academic calendar and replace it with Indigenous People...

1/25/2017

article Students ask to change ‘Columbus Day’ to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’
(New York) -- Christopher Columbus likely did many things in his life. One thing he did not do, though, is discover “The New World.” You can’t discover...

1/17/2017

article Bill would replace Columbus Day with day honoring Chief Standing Bear, other Native American leaders
(Nebraska) -- A line spanning nearly 400 years connects Italian explorer Christopher Columbus to Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe. When Columbus discovered the New...

12/3/2016

article CHAMPAGNE: Indigenous Peoples Day, Columbus Day, or Both?
(USA) -- Many indigenous people have protested the commemoration of Columbus Day. In the United States, Columbus Day is celebrated on October 12, and is a federal...

12/1/2016

article Columbus may share day with indigenous people under Sacramento City Council proposal
(California) -- Christopher Columbus may have to share his October holiday with indigenous people if a resolution before City Council is passed next week. The council...

11/26/2016

article Editorial: Can a holiday to honor Native Americans help heal a history of oppression?
(California) -- The Los Angeles City Council is considering joining a movement to replace Columbus Day with an official holiday called Indigenous Peoples Day, to...

11/8/2016

article UMD’s Graduate Student Government wants Columbus Day to be Indigenous People’s Day
(Maryland) -- For many, Columbus Day does not mark the discovery of the Americas, but rather the arrival of an explorer who ignited centuries of violence toward...

10/31/2016

article City Considers Scrapping Columbus Day in Favor of Native American Day
(California) -- Representatives of Italian American and other groups went to Los Angeles City Hall Monday to voice their opposition to a proposal to replace Columbus Day...

10/29/2016

article Outraged Italian Americans: Columbus Day loses to Native Americans?
(California) -- A City Council committee Monday will consider a proposal to replace Columbus Day with a city holiday that celebrates Native Americans instead of the...

10/21/2016

article Victim of Reno Arch incident speaks out
(Reno) -- Kitty Colbert — an Army National Guard veteran, singer and grandmother — can't move from her hospital bed without help. The 59-year-old patient...

10/17/2016

article Man Accused Of Driving Into Reno Protesters Arrested
(Reno) -- Reno police say an 18-year-old man accused of driving a pickup truck into a crowd of protesters rallying in support of Native American rights has been arrested...

10/16/2016

article 2nd Indigenous Day becomes platform for justice
(New Mexico) -- As hundreds of people, mostly tribal members, marched through downtown celebrating the 2nd Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday night, their voices cried out...
article Native American protesters injured as truck plows through crowd on Nevada roadway
(Nevada) -- Around 40 people were protesting Columbus Day in Reno, Nevada, when suddenly a truck revved its engine and rammed through the crowd. On Tuesday Police Chief...
article COLUMN: Victimizing the indigenous
(Texas) -- Political correctness has dampened another holiday. Yep! Columbus Day is being downgraded by folks claiming to speak for those whose ancestors were here when...
article Consider a Columbus Day alternative
(Alabama) -- Columbus Day has become one of the country’s signature holidays, celebrating the “discovery” of America in 1492 by the European explorer....
article Rim Country Holidays – Columbus Day
(Arizona) -- The day marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas has been observed in the United States since Colonial times. The celebrations have...

10/15/2016

article The long, complicated relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Royals
(Canada) -- When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia and the Yukon this week, it will be the latest interaction in a long...

10/14/2016

article Clara Caufield: A growing movement for Indigenous People's Day
(Montana) -- In Montana, most of the schools, banks and even some private businesses are closed on October 10 to celebrate Columbus Day. Even on the many reservations!

10/13/2016

article BLOG: We Should Stop Celebrating Columbus
(USA) -- It’s that time of year again. In midtown Manhattan, people are gearing up for the annual “Columbus Day Parade” which will disrupt traffic...
article Editorial: Chastising the ignoramuses still advertising Columbus Day
(South Dakota) -- It happens every year and we have been fighting it for 26 year now. Just as sure as clockwork the advertisements for department stores like Herberger...
article EDITORIAL: Indigenous Peoples Day a stark, necessary reminder of America & Europe's bloody past
(Michigan) -- The face, and soul, of America are changing. We are becoming a more diverse nation, one that is more black, brown and yellow than white.
article ICTMN’s Vincent Schilling Discusses Columbus Day on HuffPo LiveStream
(Washington D.C.) -- ICTMN’s Arts and Entertainment editor Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) was invited to speak about Columbus and Columbus Day on Monday...
article OP/ED: Happy Columbus Day: Let’s talk about indigenous peoples
(Massachusetts) -- Well, here it is. Another bright and sunny Columbus Day weekend in the United States and, despite the fact that some cities such as Denver, Seattle...
article Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at South Park
(Kansas) -- An Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, organized by Haskell Indian Nations University, took place Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 in South Park. The event featured...

10/12/2016

article American Indians respond to protest incident
(Reno) -- After a man drove a pickup through a crowd of Columbus Day protesters under the Reno Arch on Monday night, Native American leaders are calling for justice for...
article Reno police eye charges in truck vs. protesters incident
(Reno) -- Reno Police Chief Jason Soto said Wednesday that detectives are preparing an affidavit for judicial review on possible criminal charges in connection with...
article Reno police prepare charges in pickup, protesters crash
(Reno) -- Detectives are preparing legal documents for possible criminal charges after an 18-year-old man drove a pickup truck through a crowd of protesters rallying in...
article Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, city of Mt. Pleasant celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day
(Michigan) -- A special ceremony marked Indigenous Peoples Day in Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant Mayor Kathy Ling read a proclamation in honor of the day at the Mt. Pleasant...
article Native American students at Colorado College express civil rights
(Colorado) -- The Native American Student Union expressed solidarity with North Dakota pipeline protesters Wednesday on the Colorado College campus, the 524th...

10/11/2016

article Indigenous People's Day special: The emerging history of Indian slavery in California
(California) -- After more than 150 years, historians (and perhaps Californians) are facing the horrifying truth that Indian slavery was a key source of labor that...
article Native American rights group reacts after truck plows into crowd in Reno — VIDEO
(Reno) -- Detectives are reviewing witness accounts and “horrifying” cellphone video while they consider filing a criminal complaint after a pickup truck...
article Truck hits Native American crowd during Columbus Day protest in Nevada; no arrest yet
(Reno) -- The founder of a Native American rights group that was rallying in Reno, Nevada, when a pickup truck plowed through protesters wants to know why police haven...
article Video shows pickup truck plowing into Native American rights protesters
(Reno) -- A witness described it as a hate crime and said the driver yelled obscenities at the crowd, which was protesting Columbus Day and the North Dakota oil pipeline
article Indigenous Peoples Day honors Native Americans at Fort Lewis College
(Colorado) -- Ten months after the city of Durango unanimously voted to celebrate the conquered rather than the conqueror, more than 200 people gathered at Fort Lewis...
article Indigenous Peoples Day Sweeps Nation as Battles Intensify for Native American Rights
(California) -- As the movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day finds success in communities from Phoenix, Arizona to the state of...
article Inside the growing movement to ditch Columbus Day and celebrate Native Americans instead
(USA) -- Every year, more cities adopt resolutions to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as a counter-movement honoring Native Americans instead of...
article Renaming, reframing, reclaiming: Tribes’ different view of Columbus Day
(Washington D.C.) -- Columbus Day will be a holiday for students in most of the country, but it will be just another Monday for students in the Navajo Nation. “I...
article Rushed planning for Indigenous Peoples Day event caused confusion
(New Mexico) -- A ceremony with tribal leaders and drummers and dancers to commemorate the first Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe drew a small crowd Monday on the...
article Seattle celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Washington) -- United Indians of All Tribes Foundation celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday with a march in downtown Seattle on Fifth Avenue from Westlake...
article What if Columbus met Native Lives Matter?
(New York) -- In Fourteen Hundred Ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue . . . That’s probably the last carefree verse ever written about Christopher Columbus...

10/10/2016

article Columbus Day being set aside in favor of honoring Native Americans
(California) -- Columbus Day is here once again and with it comes the seemingly never-ending controversy about the holiday that honors the man credited with discovering...
article DecolonizeThisPlace Demands Removal of Natural History Museum’s Roosevelt Statue
(New York) -- Over 200 people took part in the Decolonize This Place tour of the American Museum of Natural History, and joined the rally outside the museum to remove...
article Instead of Columbus Day, Fargo will mark Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day
(North Dakota) -- When Crystal Gonzales learned about Christopher Columbus for the first time in grade school here, she said it was the standard lesson about 1492 and...
article Native Americans push to end Columbus Day — not so fast, Italians say
(Nebraska) -- Native Americans despise Christopher Columbus while Italian-Americans lionize him, and whether the sailor deserves condemnation or commendation has...
article San Juan College honors Indigenous Peoples Day
(New Mexico) -- San Juan College's first celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day included discussion, music and a food demonstration. College officials implemented the...
article The war against Columbus Day
(USA) -- A growing number of communities are now ditching the traditional Columbus Day holiday in favor of Indigenous People’s Day, which, supporters say, is meant...
article Driver plows through Reno protesters under arch
(Reno) -- At least five people were hit by a pickup and one woman was hospitalized during a protest in downtown Reno. The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. Monday...
article How a town that’s 97% white came to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(New York) -- Within several months last year, the small, conservative, 97%-white town of Newstead in northeastern New York successfully fought to change Columbus Day to...
article On Columbus Day, a look at the myth that 'all the real Indians died off'
(USA) -- When she was growing up, Dina Gilio-Whitaker was constantly asked, "How much Indian blood do you have?" She could never figure out how to respond,...
article Injunction Against Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Dissolved
(Washington D.C.) -- On the eve of a holiday that honors the colonial invasion of America, the D.C. Circuit served defeat to a tribe protesting construction of the $3.8...

10/9/2016

article Many would welcome switch to Indigenous People’s Day
(New York) -- “They [the Arawak people of the present day Bahamas] … willingly traded everything they owned … They would make fine servants …...
article Berkeley community members gather to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park was filled with the sounds of drumming and the bustle of vendors Saturday as community members gathered to...
article Boulder celebrating inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day
(Colorado) -- Boulder's inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration today honored the culture and history of the city's first residents. "How Boulder was...
article Instead of Columbus Day, Fargo will mark Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day
(North Dakota) -- When Crystal Gonzales learned about Christopher Columbus for the first time in grade school here, she said it was the standard lesson about 1492 and...
article Lincoln honors Native American heritage on Columbus Day
(Nebraska) -- Lincoln observes its first official “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on Monday. Mayor Chris Beutler signed a resolution designating the second...
article Sullivan: Charting new Columbus Day course
(Massachusetts) -- Happy Indigenous People’s Day! You may be wondering what I’m talking about. It’s a shout out to Cambridge. Earlier this year, the...
article NOEM: Honoring Native American Day
(South Dakota) -- I have had the honor of receiving a Star Quilt from tribes in South Dakota on a few occasions. Each time one has been presented, I’m humbled by...
article RILEY: Columbus Day and what Native Americans really need
(USA) -- This week the city of Denver will become the 14th community in the country to recognize the second Monday of October—previously known only as Columbus Day...
article It’s that Time of Year Again ... When We Recognize Indigenous People!
(Colorado) -- In the fall America notices Indians. Throughout the rest of the year in the US, Native people are virtually invisible, but with the onset of autumn they...

10/8/2016

article Vermont ditches Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples' Day, Hartford may make the switch for good
(Vermont) -- Vermont has officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed an executive proclamation Thursday, making the change...
article Event to honor Indigenous Peoples Day in Olympia
(Washington) -- An event to mark the second annual Indigenous Peoples Day in Olympia is set for Monday at Heritage Park. Last year, Olympia joined a growing number of...

10/7/2016

article First Indigenous Peoples Day celebration on Monday at Fort Lewis College
(Colorado) -- Fort Lewis College will hold its Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Monday, the day typically recognized as Columbus Day.
article Indigenous American Indians: Discrimination, A Pipeline And Columbus Day
(USA) -- Almost exactly one month after mass protests spurred government intervention in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the United States’...

10/6/2016

article ASU celebrates 1st university-wide Indigenous Peoples Day
(Arizona) -- Arizona is home to one of the largest Native American populations in the United States. To help honor the thousands of years of indigenous tradition and...
article Phoenix to celebrate Native Americans on Columbus Day
(Arizona) -- When the federal and state governments observe Columbus Day on Monday, Phoenix will recognize the history and contributions of Native Americans with its...
article Here We Come Again, Columbus! 2nd Annual NY Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
(New York) -- On Columbus Day weekend in 2015, for the first time in NYC, 6,000 Indigenous people and supporters gathered on Randall’s Island to celebrate the 523-...

10/5/2016

article Can Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day co-exist?
(Illinois) -- Chicago enters the debate over whether or not to celebrate Christopher Columbus, a man whose legacy has turned sour. Chicago designated Monday as...
article Council rejects Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Ohio) -- Cincinnati City Council Wednesday rejected a proclamation that would have recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day – a loss that...

10/4/2016

article Denver approves permanent recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day
(Colorado) -- Denver city government doesn’t officially recognize Columbus Day, but this year the state capital will join several other large cities in designating...
article Denver just became the latest city to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day
(Colorado) -- The city of Denver announced on Monday that it will join fourteen other cities across the country in recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day every year...

10/3/2016

article City proposal: Make Columbus Day 'Indigenous Peoples Day'
(Ohio) -- Is this the end for Columbus Day in the City of Cincinnati? Under a proclamation that could be considered by council as soon as Wednesday, the city would...
article Denver approves permanent recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day
(Colorado) -- Denver city government doesn’t officially recognize Columbus Day, but this year the state capital will join several other large cities in designating...

10/2/2016

article Native American tribes maintaining anti-Columbus Day tradition
(New York) -- Not everybody will be celebrating Columbus Day. Members of 200 Native American tribes, who consider the Italian explorer more criminal than conqueror, will...

9/30/2016

article Santa Fe to celebrate indigenous people on Columbus Day
(New Mexico) -- Santa Fe leaders say they will now recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.
article Indigenous Peoples Day to be recognized in Bemidji
(Minnesota) -- A movement spreading through the United States officially makes its way to Bemidji on Monday. During the City Council meeting, starting at 6 p.m., Bemidji...

9/29/2016

article Activists and Youth Push for Springfield to Recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Oregon) -- Across most of the country, Oct. 10 is Columbus Day — celebrating Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of America. But in Eugene and...
article N-W school board accepts move to Indigenous Peoples Day
(New York) -- Columbus Day is no more, at least where the Niagara-Wheatfield School District is concerned. Following an impassioned presentation by a group of students,...

9/28/2016

article CAIR-OK Stands in Solidarity with Native American Community in Support of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today expressed disappointment in the City Council of Oklahoma City’s...
article Niagara Wheatfield rejects Columbus Day, adopts Indigenous Peoples Day
(New York) -- An Italian-American teacher and some Tuscarora Indian students created a movement that led the Niagara Wheatfield School Board last week to do away with...

9/26/2016

article Phoenix considers celebrating Native American culture on Columbus Day
(Arizona) -- Phoenix could soon join a collection of cities that hold alternative celebrations on Columbus Day to commemorate the history and contributions of Native...

9/25/2016

article Council considers creating Indigenous Peoples' Day; public hearing Monday
(Montana) -- When Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, the North American continent was already home to groups of people who had their own communities, their own...

9/20/2016

article Native American groups urge city leaders to scrap Columbus Day
(Texas) -- A local group of Native Americans on Tuesday asked the City Council to stop celebrating Columbus Day and instead mark Indigenous Peoples' Day on the...

9/19/2016

article City of Springfield Requested to Recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Oregon) -- The local Native American community is looking to add Springfield to list of cities in Oregon to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. Columbus Day is...

9/18/2016

article Defending Columbus
(Chicago) -- Columbus Day is under assault as never before.Once unabashedly celebrated throughout the land, it was hailed initially by President Harrison in 1892,...

9/16/2016

article Don't Want To Honor Columbus? Chicago Weighs Indigenous People's Day
(Chicago) -- Native Americans will get their revenge on Christopher Columbus in Chicago with Indigenous People's Day joining Columbus Day if a new proposal clears...

8/29/2016

article City Council changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Washington) -- The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to pass a resolution to change the name of "Columbus Day" to "Indigenous Peoples' Day" on...

8/24/2016

article American Indian Council seeks to bring Indigenous People's Day to all of ASU
(Arizona) -- Most Sun Devils know that Arizona is home to the saguaro cactus, haboobs and ASU, but many don’t know that the state is also home to 22 distinct...

6/19/2016

article Montana lawmaker proposes renaming Columbus Day
(Montana) -- A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature rename Columbus day with a name that celebrates Native Americans. State Rep. Bridget Smith, D-Wolf...

6/17/2016

article Montana lawmaker proposes replacement for Columbus Day
(Montana) -- A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature replace Columbus Day with a named celebration of Native Americans.

6/9/2016

article Cambridge renames Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Massachusetts) -- The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday night to rename the holiday that takes place on the second Monday in October.

5/19/2016

article Amherst first Massachusetts community to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day; Cambridge to decide next week
(Washington) -- The town of Amherst is the first community in the state to adopt an Indigenous Peoples Day resolution, though it does not change the federal or state...

5/18/2016

article Goodbye Columbus Day?: Amherst Town Meeting OKs resolution to commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Massachusetts) -- By a majority vote, Amherst Town Meeting on Wednesday night adopted a resolution to commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day.
article U.S. Returns a Stolen Christopher Columbus Letter, but Mystery Remains
(Italy) -- This much is known: American officials returned a letter to Italy on Wednesday that was written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on his return from the New...

4/28/2016

article Bill to Abolish Columbus Day in Colorado Dies
(Colorado) -- A bill that would have repealed Columbus Day as a state-recognized holiday in Colorado died late Monday after four hours of testimony.
article Indigenous Peoples' Day will replace Columbus Day on Evanston's calendar
(Illinois) -- Evanston is joining a number of other cities, teaming with the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples'...
article Students pitch Indigenous Peoples' Day to Elgin City Council
(Illinois) -- Students from Elgin's Youth Leadership Academy would like Elgin to take a stance on Columbus Day, and host an Indigenous Peoples' Day instead.

4/25/2016

article House committee rejects bill to abolish Colorado’s Columbus Day
(Colorado) -- Columbus Day will live on in Colorado after legislation to abolish it was voted down Monday night. Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton who sponsored...

4/21/2016

article Amherst schools replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on school calendar
(Massachusetts) -- The Amherst Regional School Committee recently agreed to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, but the eighth-grade students who brought...

4/11/2016

article Four Corners college adopts ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’
(New Mexico) -- A Four Corners college that borders the Navajo Nation is joining the ranks of higher-learning institutions across the country in recognizing “...

3/22/2016

article LA could replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day
(California) -- The celebration of Christopher Columbus as the discoverer of America has received plenty of criticism from Native Americans and now there is a proposal...
article We Celebrate Columbus Day. Why Not Observe Indigenous People's Day?
(California) -- Columbus Day celebrates the discovery of America. But how can you discover something that already had people, culture and history? It's a question L....
article Bozeman adopts Indigenous Peoples Day holiday
(Montana) -- Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor has established a holiday honoring indigenous peoples to take place on the federally recognized Columbus Day.

3/21/2016

article Bozeman joins Indigenous People's Day movement
(Montana) -- A mayoral proclamation adds Bozeman to the Indigenous People's Day movement. Mayor Carson Taylor is establishing the holiday on the second Monday in...

3/19/2016

article Los Angeles Getting Closer to Saying “Goodbye to Columbus” and Hello to Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- The city of Los Angeles is getting closer to saying “goodbye to Columbus” and hello to Indigenous Peoples Day. On Monday, March 21, 2016 a...

3/12/2016

article Out with Columbus, in with Indigenous People? Amherst students explain push to change fall holiday
(Massachusetts) -- Middle school teacher Matthew Venditti has taught a unit known as an "inquiry segment" on Christopher Columbus before, but this school year...
article Flagstaff explores celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day
(Arizona) -- Flagstaff may join several other U.S. cities in creating an Indigenous Peoples Day. Council members voted unanimously last week to have city staff start a...
article Flagstaff One Step Closer to Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Arizona) -- More than 100 supporters packed the Council Chambers in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Tuesday, March 8 to advocate for Indigenous Peoples' Day, and they are...

3/10/2016

article Protestors Removed from Utah Senate After Offensive Comments From Senator
(Utah) -- A group of demonstrators were removed from the Utah State Senate gallery on Monday while protesting the Senate’s decision to kill a proposal to establish...

3/1/2016

article Bill to replace Columbus Day with ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ dies in Senate
(Utah) -- After a fiery debate, the Utah State Senate defeated a bill that would have renamed Columbus Day as “Indigenous People’s Day.” “Our...
article Indigenous Peoples Day bill fails in Utah Senate
(Utah) -- A bill that would have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day was voted down Tuesday by the Utah Senate.

2/26/2016

article School district renames Columbus Day ‘Indigenous People’s Day’
(New York) -- Public schools in this northeast New York State community have voted to replace Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day” in response...

2/24/2016

article Bill to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day Moves Forward
(Utah) -- Legislation that aims to recognize the contributions of Utah’s Native American community passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on...
article Though ‘Columbus is a hero to a lot of people,’ Utah Senate will consider a switch to Indigenous Peoples Day
(Utah) -- Utah would celebrate the state's original inhabitants, instead of the nation's European colonists, under a bill that received committee approval on...

2/5/2016

article St. Regis Mohawks support Indigenous People’s Day
(New York) -- When it comes to Columbus Day, St. Regis Mohawks and Stafford Middle School students are on the same page. Representatives of the tribe have expressed full...

2/4/2016

article At Brown University, Columbus Day Is Now Indigenous People’s Day
(Rhode Island) -- Most of the United States knows the second Monday of October, a federal holiday since 1934, as Columbus Day. Because of a national debate about whether...

2/3/2016

article Brown University Faculty Designates Fall Holiday as Indigenous People’s Day
(Rhode Island) -- At its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, the faculty of Brown University amended the Faculty Rules and Regulations to change the designation of...

2/1/2016

article Brown University faculty to vote on 'Indigenous People's Day'
(Rhode Island) -- Brown University faculty will vote Tuesday on whether to change the name of Fall Weekend, as it has been called since 2009, when the university...

1/30/2016

article ASUU Senate Passes Bill to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Utah) -- Halfway through the meeting, Sen. Andy Moyle pulled out his copy of A People’s History of the United States and thumbed to an underlined section on page...

1/29/2016

article Columbus Day may be abolished in CO, but change is already happening at CSU
(Colorado) -- Colorado became the first state in the country to recognize Columbus Day as an annual holiday, but now, over 100 years later, Colorado Rep. Joe Salazar is...

1/14/2016

article House Representative in Colorado Wants Columbus Day Gone, Opposition Fights to Keep It
(Colorado) -- “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Every year, school children across the United States will learn this poem; each October, federal...

12/23/2015

article Students Ask School Administrators To Dump Columbus Day
(New York) -- Although most people have Christmas on the mind this week, a group of sixth grade students in Plattsburgh are looking forward to next October. As WAMC...

11/15/2015

article Goodbye, Columbus? L.A. councilman wants to establish Indigenous Peoples Day
(California) -- Will Los Angeles say goodbye to Columbus Day and hello to Indigenous Peoples Day? City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell introduced a motion Friday asking...

10/23/2015

article 'Indigenous Peoples' Day' is a good start, and Portland should do more (OPINION)
(Oregon) -- On Oct. 7, the Portland City Council formally declared the second Monday in October "Indigenous Peoples' Day," in honor of our Native American...

10/21/2015

article Ypsi may dump Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day
(Michigan) -- The City of Ypsilanti is considering a proposal by its mayor to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, saying that American Indians in Michigan...

10/20/2015

article Councilor avoids motion to censure over Native holiday
(New Mexico) -- An apology by Albuquerque City Council President Rey Garduno on Monday ended days of infighting over how an Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation was...

10/19/2015

article Councilor pushes for permanent 'Indigenous Day'
(New Mexico) -- Albuquerque's City Council president plans to introduce a measure that goes further in ensuring the second Monday of October each year is recognized as...
article The nixing of Columbus Day
(USA) -- Americans forget the holiday or continue to celebrate it? Did you celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” this past week? Perhaps you celebrated...

10/15/2015

article ABQ debuts Indigenous People’s Day
(New Mexico) -- In one of the largest turnouts the city has ever seen, more than a thousand people took to the streets Monday to celebrate the first Indigenous Peoples...
article Haskell students start petition to make Indigenous Peoples Day annual
(Kansas) -- Haskell Students are working to make Indigenous Peoples Day an annual day of celebration. Monday was proclaimed Indigenous Peoples Day by the city of...

10/14/2015

article Columbus Day renamed as Indigenous Peoples Day in Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- Columbus Day has been renamed in Connecticut's biggest city as Indigenous Peoples Day. The Bridgeport school board voted on Tuesday evening to...

10/13/2015

article At Main Street Square, Native Americans celebrate their culture
(South Dakota) -- An ethnically and culturally diverse group gathered in Main Street Square Monday afternoon, surrounded by the beating drum representing the heartbeat...
article Honoring Native Americans on Columbus Day is about getting it right the second time
(Washington) -- It's not about being politically correct when it comes to recent changes to Columbus Day. It's just about being correct. "We got it wrong,...
article Missoula protesters: Abolish Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day
(Montana) -- To Kathleen Little Leaf, Columbus Day "as a whole encompasses racism." "The historical perspective of Columbus Day is horrible," said Little Leaf, an...
article Push to change Columbus Day in Bemidji is growing as trend sweeps nation
(Minnesota) -- For another year, the second Monday in October was referred to as Columbus Day in Bemidji, but that may not be the case in 2016.
article Santa Fe mayor joins trend, declares Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(New Mexico) -- Mayor Javier Gonzales quietly proclaimed “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Santa Fe to be the second Monday in October – the same day...
article Students propose Indigenous Peoples' Day
(New Mexico) -- A group of San Juan College students are taking steps to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day on campus. Their proposal would have Indigenous...
article Indigenous Peoples Day resolution fails
(Oklahoma) -- Several citizens asked the council earlier this month to substitute Indigenous Peoples Day for Columbus Day. The day would not become a holiday but would...
article Students at Brown protest 'occupation' of Native American’s land
(Rhode Island) -- More than 40 Brown University students and staff organized a group of protesters to demonstrate against Americans wrongful “occupation” of...
article Brown students stage ‘die-in’ to protest Columbus Day, lack of Native American recognition
(Rhode Island) -- Approximately 75 students volunteered for a “die-in” at Brown University this past Friday to demand “the school to do more to honor...
article On Columbus/Indigenous People's Day, a debate about depictions of American Indians in Capitol art
(Minnesota) -- It was merely a coincidence, but it seemed an appropriate day to have a debate about how art at the state Capitol depicts American Indians. A committee of...

10/12/2015

article Denver declares Oct. 12 'Indigenous People's Day' instead of 'Columbus Day'
(Denver) -- Once known as “Columbus Day,” October 12 will now be called “Indigenous People’s Day” in Denver. The city and county, along with cities around the country,...
article Indigenous people in Ottawa want to reclaim Thanksgiving Day, Columbus Day
(Ottawa) -- It's a movement in many American jurisdictions, and now people in Ottawa's indigenous community want to reclaim Thanksgiving Day — also known...
article Mayor Berkowitz opens AFN Elders and Youth Conference by renaming Columbus Day in Anchorage
(Alaska) -- Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz opened this year’s Elders and Youth Conference, the lead-in to the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference, by...
article Native American student group circulates petition to rename Columbus Day
(Virginia) -- The University’s Native American Student Union is collecting signatures for a petition to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples' Day...
article Native Americans' Day: Youth see good, bad of Sioux Falls
(South Dakota) -- They get annoyed by references to scalping. Disappointed with friends who seem fixated only on stereotypes. And mildly put off when they're working...
article Northern Arizona University Students Gather to Protest Columbus Day
(Arizona) -- Multiple Northern Arizona University organizations gathered at Franke College of Business to protest Columbus Day. Jonathan Yellowhair, CHEI President, says...
article Rethinking History Class on Columbus Day
(USA) -- Generations of schoolchildren have memorized the rhyme chronicling the famous voyage of Christopher Columbus:
article Syracuse University students seek to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day
(New York) -- A group of Syracuse University students are formally seeking to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. The Indigenous Students at Syracuse, which...
article Albuquerque recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day
(New Mexico) -- Monday marks the first "Indigenous Peoples Day" in Albuquerque. It's a time to celebrate native culture and to recognize that Native...
article City leaders sign Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation
(New Mexico) -- ix out of nine Albuquerque city councilors signed a proclamation last week that makes every second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day. That...
article Christopher Columbus was a lost sadist. There shouldn't be a holiday in his name
(USA) -- The second Monday in October has been designated an American federal holiday in Christopher Columbus’s honor since 1937. To most people in the United...

10/11/2015

article Even More Cities Join Movement to Rename "Columbus Day" to "Indigenous Peoples' Day"
(USA) -- The trend of cities renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day is spreading across the United States. Berkeley, California, was the first city to do...
article Indigenous Peoples Day support grows across US as states recognize holiday
(New Mexico) -- More cities are recognising Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday and celebrate the...
article Indigenous Peoples Day, Challenging Colonialism in Albuquerque and Beyond
(New Mexico) -- October 7, 2015 is historic for Natives of Albuquerque. The Albuquerque City Council declared the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day on the second...
article Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Berkeley Celebrated Saturday at Powwow
(California) -- One might say it was a homecoming powwow of sorts. For it was Berkeley, California was the first city in the United States to recognize Indigenous...
article Local view: Rename Monday’s holiday ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’
(Minnesota) -- On Oct. 2, 10 days before Columbus Day, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted down a resolution that would have changed “Columbus Day”...
article Metro Council recognizes Native Americans with Indigenous Peoples' Day
(South Dakota) -- The proclamation noted 500 years of Indian resistance since the arrival of Christopher Columbus and marked the day "in an effort to reveal a more...
article Native American Day 2015: Facts And History For North America's First Residents, Before Christopher Columbus
(USA) -- As people around the United States celebrate Columbus Day Monday, with government offices and most schools closed, many others will be hosting festivities for...
article Where Christopher Columbus Isn't Welcome
(USA) -- Native American communities in the U.S. have long pushed to rename Columbus Day and use the federal holiday to commemorate the post-colonial struggles of...
article JENSEN: Politicizing Columbus Day
(USA) -- Although the movement to stop honoring Christopher Columbus with a holiday is gaining support, most of white America would prefer to avoid the subject.
article Opinion / Why America Needs to Remember Columbus Day
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a movement across the country to re-appropriate Columbus Day as a Native American Heritage Day or Indigenous Peoples Day. Cities like...
article Opinion / Why Columbus Day Should Become Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Michigan) -- What’s in a name? Ask any Christian who recalls the transformation of Saul, a highly educated Pharisee and a murderer of early Christians, into the...
article WATCH: Colbert Ridicules Fox News' Outrage Over 'War on Columbus Day'
(USA) -- Most of us can recall Columbus Day activities in our elementary school classrooms. reciting “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” learning the...

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