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San Antonio's downtown Christopher Columbus statue comes down

A statue of Christopher Columbus — heralded for more than 500 years as the explorer who “discovered” the Americas — is no longer standing in a downtown San Antonio park. Crews hauled the statue from Columbus Park Wednesday morning on a flatbed truck rented from Home Depot in a calm ceremony.

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7/27/2020

article Where Next, Columbus? Fate of Temporarily Removed Statues in Question
(Chicago) -- Pedestals in two Chicago parks that once held up statues of Christopher Columbus have stood empty since last week. Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered their...

7/23/2020

article We Sat Through (Most of) the Art Commission’s Five-Hour Columbus Statue Zoom Call
(Philadelphia) -- Democratic norms may be crumbling all around us, but the erosion apparently hasn’t quite made it to the Philadelphia Public Art Commission. On...

7/22/2020

article Keeping Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza would be ‘completely unsafe,’ Philly says in removal proposal
(Philadelphia) -- Allowing the statue of Christopher Columbus to remain in South Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza would be “unacceptable” and “...

7/20/2020

article Chicago Columbus statue protests expose tensions between Italian Americans, Native Americans, supporters
(Chicago) -- A weekend of protests and violence over statues of Christopher Columbus prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to promise a review of the city's memorials,...

7/10/2020

article Why Christopher Columbus Is So Offensive to Native Americans
(USA) -- Over the past few weeks, statues of Christopher Columbus have been beheaded, covered with red paint, lassoed around the head and pulled down, set on fire and...

7/6/2020

article Christopher Columbus Statue Retrieved From Baltimore Harbor After Protesters Tossed It
(Maryland) -- Crews retrieved most of the Christopher Columbus statue Monday morning after it was thrown into Baltimore’s harbor late Saturday. The Christopher...

7/4/2020

article OOPS: Christopher Columbus statue in Waterbury beheaded
(Connecticut) -- Someone smashed the head off of the Christopher Columbus statue that has stood in front of Waterbury’s city hall on Grand Street for many years....

7/1/2020

article OP/ED: Living on an Indian reservation changed my mind about Christopher Columbus
(Philadelphia) -- As a son of two Italian immigrants, I am unabashedly proud to be an Italian American. My parents have instilled deeply in me the Italian values of...
article San Antonio's downtown Christopher Columbus statue comes down
(Texas) -- A statue of Christopher Columbus — heralded for more than 500 years as the explorer who “discovered” the Americas — is no longer...

6/30/2020

press release OHA Encourages Education About Christopher Columbus Statue
(New York) -- As conversations continue surrounding the Columbus statue, Historians say education should be at the forefront of the discussion. Curator of History Robert...

6/27/2020

article Community members dance to protest Columbus statue in Mishawaka
(Indiana) -- A blend of tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar burned in a copper pot, while two men sang and beat on hand drums, guiding the dance. About two dozen people...
article State lawmakers, activists call for protection of Christopher Columbus statues
(Maryland) -- A new push to protect and preserve Baltimore's Christopher Columbus statues, including one a city councilman announced earlier this week he's...

6/26/2020

article Another Downtown Denver Statue, ‘In Honor of Christopher Columbus,’ Torn Down
(Colorado) -- Another controversial statue has been torn down in Denver. The 15-foot bronze sculpture in Civic Center Park was designed by Denver sculptor William F....
article Should Columbus statue remain in Syracuse? Mayor asks group for plan
(New York) -- Mayor Ben Walsh today announced his plan to develop a heritage and education site at what is now known as Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse. Whether or...

6/25/2020

article Toppled Christopher Columbus statue would cost $154,000 to repair
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota's Christopher Columbus statue would require $154,000 to repair after protesters yanked it to the ground outside the state Capitol on June 10...

6/24/2020

article AZ Indigenous Peoples' Caucus urges state to rename Columbus Day
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Indigenous Peoples' Caucus is calling for the state and nation to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day. The group tied their...
article Officials mull charges — and public art policies — after Capitol's Columbus toppled statue
(Minnesota) -- The toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus at the State Capitol, one in a spate of attacks on historic monuments around the nation, has prompted...

6/23/2020

article 15-year-old petitions to remove Christopher Columbus statue
(Wisconsin) -- Amid racial tension around the nation, a statue of Christopher Columbus in Wisconsin is under scrutiny, and a 15-year-old wants to see it removed. The...
article S.F. Quietly Puts Statue of Genocidal Explorer Into Hiding
(California) -- Christopher Columbus never stepped foot on what is today the United States. He never visited California or sailed the Pacific Ocean. And he didn’t...
article Petition to rename Columbus, Ohio ‘Flavortown’ in honor of Guy Fieri has nearly 55,000 signatures
(Ohio) -- A petition to rename Columbus, Ohio to “Flavortown” in honor of celebrity chef and TV host Guy Fieri has cropped up on Change.org, and it already...

6/22/2020

article National Indigenous Peoples Day goes virtual amid pandemic restrictions
(Canada) -- Organizers of a major Indigenous festival in Ottawa considered postponing or cancelling it entirely after COVID-19 restrictions meant they couldn't...

6/18/2020

article Christopher Columbus statue will be removed from California state house
(California) -- A statue of Christopher Columbus will be removed from California's state capitol in Sacramento, state lawmakers announced Tuesday. The statue, titled...

6/17/2020

press release California to remove Christopher Columbus statue from state Capitol
(California) -- A statue depicting Christopher Columbus that has been the centerpiece of the California Capitol rotunda since 1883 will be removed after legislative...
article Mashantucket Pequot tribe celebrates removal of Columbus statue from downtown New London
(Connecticut) -- On Tuesday, the New London City Council voted unanimously to permanently remove a Christopher Columbus statue from downtown. Wednesday, the Mashantucket...
article Philly prosecutor lobbying for statue: Columbus was a ‘civil-rights activist’
(Philadelphia) -- Those calling for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia have few kind words to say about the explorer....

6/15/2020

article OP/ED: An Opportunity for a New Interpretation of Christopher Columbus
(Indian Country) -- The protests triggered by the police killing of George Floyd have led to the removal of statues and monuments of controversial historical figures...
article West Orange To Remove Columbus Monument Amid Fierce Debate
(New Jersey) -- West Orange will remove a monument to Christopher Columbus from a local intersection because it's "divisive" and a "symbol of hate and...

6/14/2020

article A petition to replace the Christopher Columbus statue with the Route 1 orange dinosaur is gaining steam, sort of
(Massachusetts) -- More than 500 years later, Christopher Columbus is still making waves. Back then it was for getting famously lost on his way to the West Indies, and...
article Here's How To *Hypothetically* Take Down A Racist Statue With Tips From An Archaeologist
(USA) -- As protests inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement continue, people across the country are calling for the removal of statues of known slaveholders and...
article Movement in New London calls for leniency for participants in vandalism of Columbus statue
(Connecticut) -- A new online campaign is calling on the city, specifically Mayor Michael Passero, to halt any criminal investigation into vandalism of the statue of...
article Columbus statues still standing in namesake city while others are defaced, toppled
(Ohio) -- The legacy of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus is being erased from cities across the nation. Statues of Columbus have been beheaded, toppled or plunged...
article Philly mayor criticizes those ‘protecting’ Columbus statue
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of people gathered around a statue of Christopher Columbus in south Philadelphia over the weekend, saying they intended to protect it from...
article The Christopher Columbus monument and its meaning
(Minnesota) -- Every October, on Indigenous People's Day, we've had this conversation about a monument and the people surrounding it - at odds. "For many of...

6/13/2020

article Chula Vista Columbus statue placed in storage ahead of protest
(California) -- The City of Chula Vista put a Christopher Columbus statue in storage Friday morning, citing “public safety concerns” ahead of a protest at...
article South Philly residents surround Columbus statue as demonstrations unfold across the city
(Philadelphia) -- Joe Laino, 71, stood near the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza on Saturday while leaning on a baseball bat. A...
article Controversial memorials are surprisingly easy to pull down. Fixing the world that built them is harder.
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday afternoon, Mike Forcia drove to a Twin Cities-area Home Depot to buy two ropes — one black, one yellow, both nylon — to be...
article 10 indigenous people whose statues should replace Columbus’
(USA) -- Around the world, statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus. In every case, far more stone monuments remain than are...

6/12/2020

article BLOG: NY governor says he supports Christopher Columbus statue
(New York) -- As activists in several U.S. cities pull down and damage memorials to Christopher Columbus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo voiced support Thursday for a statue of the...
article Cuomo defends Columbus statue as symbol of legacy for Italian-Americans
(New York) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo says he does not think a statute of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in New York City’s Columbus Circle should be...
article Discovery Park’s Christopher Columbus Statue Removed ‘Out of Public Safety Concerns’
(California) -- The polarizing statue of Christopher Columbus that typically rests at Chula Vista’s Discovery Park has been placed in storage to avoid it from...
article Why Christopher Columbus wasn’t the hero we learned about in school
(USA) -- "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." That rhyme has long been how American students were introduced to Christopher Columbus in elementary school...
article Christopher Columbus: Not the man we learned about as schoolchildren
(Minnesota) -- State Patrol officers had an unusual assignment at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul on Wednesday as they stood guard when workers cleaned up the just...
article Gov. Tim Walz says he understands why Christopher Columbus statue was toppled, but there will be consequences
(Minnesota) -- Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday that he doesn’t condone protesters who tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus at the Minnesota Capitol, but that he...

6/11/2020

article Thousands Call for Renaming New York's Columbus Circle as Governor Cuomo Rejects the Idea
(New York) -- Thousands have called for renaming New York City's iconic Columbus Circle and removing the monument there, as statues of Christopher Columbus have been...
article ‘I Support It’: Gov. Cuomo Wants to Keep Manhattan’s Christopher Columbus Statue
(New York) -- As activists in several U.S. cities pull down and damage memorials to Christopher Columbus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo voiced support Thursday for a statue of the...
article Beheading, removal of Christopher Columbus statue adds to debate about racism
(Massachusetts) -- The beheaded statue of Christopher Columbus was removed Thursday from a North End park as the city reassesses controversial landmarks highlighted by...
article Boston removes Columbus statue
(Massachusetts) -- The body of a beheaded Christopher Columbus statue was removed Thursday from a park in Boston’s historically Italian North End as the city...
article Facing criticism, Walz says there will be ‘consequences’ for those who toppled Columbus statue
(Minnesota) -- Gov. Tim Walz vowed “there will be consequences” for those who tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus that stood on the grounds of the...
article Gov. Tim Walz says he understands why Christopher Columbus statue was toppled, but there will be consequences
(Minnesota) -- Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday that he doesn’t condone protesters who tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus at the Minnesota Capitol, but that he...
article Native American Activists Topple Columbus Statue in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- A group of protesters, led by members of the Twin Cities branch of the American Indian Movement (AIM), tore down a Christopher Columbus statue in St. Paul...
article Native American families react to the removal of Christopher Columbus statue in St. Paul
(Minnesota) -- For more than a decade, Charlene Day-Castro has tried to have the statue of Christopher Columbus in St. Paul removed. "It’s something that...
article ‘American Taliban.’ Ted Cruz sounds off after protesters topple Columbus statues
(Minnesota) -- Count Texas Senator Ted Cruz among those who do not agree with the dismounting of Christopher Columbus statues across the United States. Cruz sent several...

6/10/2020

article Christopher Columbus statue debate rises as controversial statues fall across the country
(USA) -- As cities and organizations across the country continue to take down monuments, memorials and other symbols of hate, one controversial historical figure has...
article In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, indigenous people call for removal of Columbus statue
(Massachusetts) -- A coalition of indigenous organizers gathered on Boston’s waterfront Wednesday near the site of the city’s Christopher Columbus statue...
article Virginia Christopher Columbus statue torn down, set on fire and thrown into lake
(Virginia) -- A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then thrown into a lake. The figure was toppled less than two...

6/9/2020

article Christopher Columbus statue at Byrd Park torn down, thrown into lake
(Virginia) -- The Christopher Columbus statue at Byrd Park has fallen at the hands of protesters. Witnesses say around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, protesters used three ropes to...

3/10/2020

article Bill To Replace Columbus Day In Colorado Heads To Governor’s Desk
(Colorado) -- A bill to repeal and replace Columbus day here in Colorado is headed to the governor’s desk. If signed the holiday would become Mother Cabrini Day....

3/9/2020

article Bill to end Columbus Day gets initial OK in the Colorado Senate
(Colorado) -- The Colorado Senate moved the end of Columbus Day in Colorado one step closer to reality with a voice vote Monday. House Bill 1031 would replace the...

3/6/2020

article Indigenous Peoples' Day proposal among bills advanced by Nebraska Legislature
(Nebraska) -- A new state holiday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, would share the second Monday in October with Columbus Day under a compromise advanced Wednesday in the...

3/4/2020

article Chicago Public Schools’ change from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day was not legal, group says
(Chicago) -- Saying the Chicago Board of Education’s recent vote to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day was illegal, Italian American groups and others...
article Compromise bill would recognize Indigenous Peoples, Columbus on same holiday
(Nebraska) -- A proposal designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day advanced in the Legislature on Wednesday with a compromise keeping Columbus...
article Indigenous Peoples' Day proposal among bills advanced by Nebraska Legislature
(Nebraska) -- A new state holiday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, would share the second Monday in October with Columbus Day under a compromise advanced Wednesday in the...

2/29/2020

article Chicago schools drop Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day
(Chicago) -- Chicago’s public schools will no longer observe Columbus Day, replacing that October school holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day, with civic and...

2/28/2020

article Lightfoot: No plans to change city holiday of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday she has no plans to duplicate at the city level what her handpicked school board just did, pleasing Native Americans and...
article Removal recommended for Columbus statue in Discovery Park
(California) -- The Human Relations Commission of Chula Vista voted unanimously Thursday evening to recommend the removal of the decades-old Christopher Columbus statue...
article State employees sanctioned for decorating Columbus Day cake with smallpox reference
(Wisconsin) -- Three members of the state Department of Safety and Professional Services’ legal team face sanctions after a workplace joke involving a Columbus Day...

2/27/2020

article CPS Board OKs Change to Indigenous Peoples’ Day; Citywide Ordinance Languishes
(Illinois) -- Heather Miller, executive director of Chicago’s American Indian Center, is still reeling, in a good way, from Wednesday’s decision by the...
article Goodbye, Columbus Day. CPS ends the holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day — and parade organizers call it ‘a slap in the face.’
(Illinois) -- Columbus Day will no longer be observed in Chicago Public Schools — and the group behind the city’s annual Columbus Day parade is already...
article Resolution to remove Columbus statue from Discovery Park heads to Chula Vista City Council
(California) -- The Chula Vista’s Human Relations Commission on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to remove the controversial Columbus statue from Chula...

2/25/2020

article Nebraskans divided over Columbus Day
(Nebraska) -- A bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature would make the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day each year, replacing Columbus Day as a state...
article Nebraskans divided over Columbus Day
(Nebraska) -- –A bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature would make the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day each year, replacing Columbus Day as a...
article School Board approves Indigenous Peoples' Day for district calendar
(North Dakota) -- Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be added to the Grand Forks School District's calendar beginning this fall, but some on the board and attending...

2/24/2020

article School Board approves 'Indigenous Peoples' Day' for district calendar
(North Dakota) -- “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” will appear on the Grand Forks School District’s calendar beginning this fall, after a unanimous vote...

2/19/2020

article Christopher Columbus' role in history focus of debate in Nebraska Legislature
(Nebraska) -- The federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus has been recognized since 1934, and the explorer remains an object of pride for many Italian-Americans....

2/17/2020

article Bill to replace Columbus Day with Cabrini Day wins preliminary approval in House
(Colorado) -- The effort to replace Columbus Day with Francis Xavier Cabrini Day won preliminary approval from the state House last week but not without a strong fight...

2/8/2020

article COLUMN: Replacing Columbus Day with Native American Day would be a natural
(Colorado) -- A few years ago, walking though the immutable Taos Pueblo, I came across a bumper sticker on an 800-year-old adobe wall that kind of put the land we are...

1/16/2020

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Columbus Day Eliminated
(Virginia) -- The elimination of Columbus Day and changing it to Indigenous People’s day is what LB 848 by Senators Brewer, Linehan, McCollister, Sheer and Vargas...

1/13/2020

article Columbus' Claims of Cannibal Raids May Have Been True After All
(Caribbean) -- Christopher Columbus got a lot of things wrong about the "New World." He thought that manatees were mermaids, that the Bahamas were a part of...

12/9/2019

article Proposed Bill Would Change Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples' Day In Arizona
(Arizona) -- Arizona observed Native American Day for the first time on June 2 this year. The holiday came from a 2018 bill, and the lawmaker behind that bill is pushing...

12/2/2019

article Columbus Day replaced by Indigenous People’s Day in Potsdam schools
(New York) -- Potsdam schools will no longer celebrate Columbus Day. Instead, it will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. It all started with Potsdam elementary...

11/30/2019

article Top 5 atrocities committed by Christopher Columbus
(North America) -- It’s difficult to think of a more perverse hero than Christopher Columbus, the Italian who led Europe’s first landing party in the...

11/29/2019

article Activists rally in Baltimore to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Maryland) -- About 50 people gathered by the statue of Christopher Columbus in the eastern Inner Harbor on Friday afternoon to demand that Baltimore and Maryland...

11/15/2019

article Columbus Day Should Be Indigenous Peoples Day ft. Congresswoman Deb Haaland | Full Frontal on TBS [video]
(USA) -- It’s Native American Heritage Month so we’re attempting to address one of the many wrongs perpetrated against Native Americans. Not it’s not...

11/14/2019

article Council holds off on plan to replace Columbus Day
(Rhode Island) -- The South Kingstown Town Council on Tuesday took tentative steps toward creating a local day of observance for indigenous people, but members also had...

11/13/2019

article Students Call for Recognition of Indigenous People’s Day
(New York) -- On Monday, Oct. 14, Fordham University was closed in honor of Columbus Day — a culturally fraught holiday which has, by many individuals, communities...

11/4/2019

article Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day in Favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(USA) -- Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause. More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as an...
article OP/ED: Why are we still celebrating stealing from Native Americans?
(Florida) -- Halloween may be over, but we’re still concerned about bad holiday practices, especially here in the U.S. There’s no denying the racist...

11/1/2019

article Notre Dame delays plan to cover Columbus murals until 2022
(Indiana) -- The University of Notre Dame is delaying its plan to cover up 19th century murals depicting Christopher Columbus in America that have long been criticized...
article Arizona churches honor ‘people of the land,’ add Indigenous Peoples Day to diocese’s calendar
(Arizona) -- The Diocese of Arizona is stepping up its efforts to give recognition to the “People of the Land,” including by creating an Indigenous Peoples...

10/28/2019

article Protesters Demand Action After UMaine College Republicans Defend Columbus On Social Media
(Maine) -- Administrators at the University of Maine in Orono say they’ve begun meeting with indigenous groups and are looking for ways to better support...

10/25/2019

article University Senate officially recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day, calls re-election of executive committee chair
(New York) -- In an eventful and historic plenary, the University Senate passed a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day to be celebrated on the second...

10/24/2019

article Columbus Day should be replaced with Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Iowa) -- Saydel middle-school students studied groups of indigenous people who existed for centuries in the Americas. When studying Christopher Columbus and the impact...

10/21/2019

article OP/ED: It's time to honor Michigan's Native American heritage
(Michigan) -- “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” For many of us, this was the poem that we learned in grade school to teach us who Columbus was and...

10/19/2019

article Panel discussion examines Indigenous Peoples Day
(New Mexico) -- The implementation of and the meaning behind Indigenous Peoples Day was discussed during an event about the day on Oct. 14 at the Farmington Public...
article Why more American cities are choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day
(USA) -- Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause. More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as an...

10/18/2019

article County council renames Columbus Day to Native American Day
(Maryland) -- October 14, 2019, marked the last Columbus Day in Prince George’s County. Next year, the holiday will be known as Native American Day.

10/17/2019

article Native American club challenges Fresno State to cancel holiday
(California) -- While celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, members of the Fresno State Native American community asked the campus to cut any ties to Columbus Day....
article 14 Powerful Native Leaders to Celebrate on Indigenous People’s Day
(USA) -- Alaska State Library, Amy Lou Blood Barney Collection. A record number of cities and states will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day and reject Columbus Day...
article Native American club challenges Fresno State to cancel holiday
(California) -- While celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, members of the Fresno State Native American community asked the campus to cut any ties to Columbus Day.

10/16/2019

article OP/ED: Let’s Honor the Indigenous
(California) -- Oct. 14, 2019 marked Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday where Native American culture is formally recognized and celebrated.
article Cameron’s Native American Student Association celebrates Indigenous People’s Day
(Oklahoma) -- Cameron University’s Native American Student Association held their own Indigenous People’s Day event Monday. That started at 10 Monday morning...
article Native American Student Alliance, allies celebrate Indigenous People’s Day
(California) -- In the United States, the second Monday in October has historically been known as Columbus Day. However, the Native American Student Alliance honored...
article Native Americans at Harvard College Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Massachusetts) -- Undergraduate group Native Americans at Harvard College hosted an Indigenous Peoples’ Day event Monday, celebrating native cultures and...
article Some states celebrate indigenous people instead of Columbus
(USA) -- A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.
article Students Play Key Role in Movement to Abolish Columbus Day
(USA) -- After students study Christopher Columbus, the first question is usually, “Why are we celebrating this murderer with a holiday?” Young people are...
article Teacher under fire for wearing sweater with controversial message on Columbus Day
(Michigan) -- A Michigan teacher came under fire for wearing a sweatshirt with a controversial message on Columbus Day, WXYZ reports. Emma Howland-Bolton, a fifth-grade...

10/15/2019

article Native Americans at Harvard College Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Massachusetts) -- Undergraduate group Native Americans at Harvard College hosted an Indigenous Peoples’ Day event Monday, celebrating native cultures and...
article It’s Not Just About ‘The Day’ — Do We Need Columbus At All?
(USA) -- Let’s talk history. Not pre-Columbian history or even 1492 history, but 2002. Seventeen years ago. It was early fall and season four of The Sopranos was...
article ONION: Nation’s Indigenous People Confirm They Don’t Need Special Holiday, Just Large Swaths Of Land Returned Immediately
(Washington D.C.) -- Affirming the importance of traditions like Columbus Day to other Americans, the nation’s 573 federally recognized Indian nations released a...
article 'Destroy all monuments of genocide': Christopher Columbus statue in San Francisco vandalized
(California) -- A statue of Christopher Columbus in San Francisco was vandalized the day before the federal holiday commemorating his arrival in the Americas in 1492.
article Christopher Columbus statue vandalized near Coit Tower San Francisco
(California) -- The Christopher Columbus statue near Coit Tower was vandalized Sunday. Red paint covered the face of the controversial colonist, while the base of the...

10/14/2019

article Maine’s Native Americans push for more than Indigenous Peoples Day
(Maine) -- During a Sunday appearance in Augusta, Native American advocate Sheri Mitchell said the new holiday was "good political capital" and urged attendees...
article Maine’s Native Americans push for more than Indigenous Peoples Day
(Maine) -- During a Sunday appearance in Augusta, Native American advocate Sheri Mitchell said the new holiday was "good political capital" and urged attendees...
article NAC: Indigenous Peoples Day
(Indian Country) -- New Mexico is commemorating its inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day this year. So are Wisconsin, Washington, D.C. and Maine. The idea to set aside a day...
article Native American Day to be celebrated in South Dakota
(Iowa) -- On Monday the state of South Dakota will celebrate Native American Day. Those that celebrate say the holiday is a day of remembrance and memorial. Downtown...
article Some states honoring indigenous people instead of Columbus
(New Mexico) -- A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.
article The truth about Columbus Day, explained
(USA) -- There are many good reasons as to why Columbus Day is such a controversial holiday. Like Andrew Jackson, Christopher Columbus is a historical figure who is...
article Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(USA) -- Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause. More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day as...
article CARDINAL: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' today and everyday
(Canada) -- Happy Indigenous Peoples Day everyone. Remember where you came from. That is the message of today. Have you talked to your mother today? Have you ever...
article LADUKE: “Columbus Day” Reminds Us Why the US Owes Reparations to Native People
(USA) -- Dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students pray before dancing on Hollywood Boulevard near...
article Native American museum director: Columbus was far from the first to discover America
(Washington D.C.) -- For decades, Americans have marked the second Monday in October as “Columbus Day.” Why Columbus? Because, as my generation learned in...
article OP/ED: Columbus Day Is Dying. Indigenous Peoples Day Is the Future.
(USA) -- “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”—and in 2019, a growing number of US cities and states are recognizing that the cutesy rhyme we...
article Opinion: On Columbus Day, remember an inspiring Native American
(Massachusetts) -- Growing up, Columbus Day was simply the day we celebrated the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. Today, the focus is changing to the...
article Michael Overall: Tulsa's Native American Day will be unlike any other
(Oklahoma) -- In 1935, the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a marker near the north entrance of Owen Park to commemorate a unique aspect of Tulsa history.
article Robert Anquoe: Native American Day in Tulsa is a chance to reflect on the past and past harms and work for healing and a positive future
(Oklahoma) -- On Monday, the City of Tulsa will celebrate its third Native American Day with a parade, native foods, arts and crafts and cultural exhibitions.
article UWSP Honors Wisconsin Native Tribes for Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Wisconsin) -- All 12 of Wisconsin’s indigenous tribes were celebrated at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point on Monday. Veterans carried each tribe’s...
article 'Who discovered who in 1492?': Classes mark first Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Helena
(Montana) -- A few Helena Public School classes marked the city's first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday. In June, the Helena City Commission passed...
article Salmon pull people together at SOU event
(Oregon) -- The Southern Oregon University courtyard filled with people, music, savory smells and celebrations Monday afternoon, as native people from all over the West...

10/13/2019

article Cameron University invites community members to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day
(Oklahoma) -- In observance of Indigenous People’s Day, which this year is celebrated across the country on Monday, October 14, Cameron University invites...
article Columbus Day no more: Reno to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday
(Nevada) -- On Monday, the city of Reno will recognize its first official Indigenous Peoples Day, replacing recognition of Columbus Day. The City Council approved the...
article Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day? Buffalo school kids to decide
(New York) -- The movement to observe the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, rather than Columbus Day, continues in communities across the United...
article Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day? Buffalo school kids to decide
(New York) -- The movement to observe the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, rather than Columbus Day, continues in communities across the United...
article In Hibbing: Columbus Day, Or Indigenous Peoples' Day?
(Minnesota) -- Earlier this week, Allisha LaBarge, a chairperson for the Indian Education Program with the Hibbing School District, sent an email to members of the...
article Indigenous everything. A list of Indigenous Peoples Day events.
(Indian Country) -- 'It's a great day to be Indigenous" never gets old when Native people celebrate every second Monday of October, espei. You know that...
article Indigenous Peoples Day to Call for Replacing Columbus Day, Feature Artists
(California) -- The second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration takes place Sunday at Grand Park, which will emphasize a recognition of Native Americans. Los...
article Italian Americans in Reno upset at loss of Columbus Day
(Nevada) -- On Oct. 2, the Reno City Council voted unanimously to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October, replacing any official recognition of...
article Moorhead to celebrate first-ever Indigenous Peoples' Day with powwow, prayer
(Minnesota) -- Moorhead will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day — with a powwow, prayer, frybread and more — for the first time Monday, Oct. 14, after...
article More Localities Drop Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(New York) -- Since 2015, several Council members in the District of Columbia have attempted to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On four different...
article Op/Ed: For Life to Continue on Earth, Every Day Must Be Indigenous People’s Day
(New York) -- Until relatively recently in human history, most people had a sense of a living Earth. We understood trees, forests, rivers, mountains, humans, animals and...

10/12/2019

article Columbus Day: Celebrating cultural heritage, or the colonization of Native Americans?
(USA) -- For many Americans, the second Monday in October is a celebration of Italian heritage and Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage to the Americas. But a growing...
article Columbus ‘Like Hitler’: American Indians Demand Removal of Chula Vista Statue
(California) -- The 8-foot statue of Christopher Columbus fronting a Chula Vista park is akin to having a Hitler statue in a Jewish community — “if not worse...
article Quechan Indian Tribe: "No more keeping us silent"
(California) -- While many Americans will celebrate Columbus Day on Monday, Native Americans, on the other hand, honor the holiday as Indigenous Peoples' Day or...
article Top 5 atrocities committed by Christopher Columbus
(North America) -- It’s difficult to think of a more perverse hero than Christopher Columbus, the Italian who led Europe’s first landing party in the...

10/11/2019

article More States Say Goodbye to Columbus Day
(USA) -- Growing up on the Sandia Pueblo Reservation, New Mexico state Rep. Derrick J. Lente learned the same Christopher Columbus stories in school that his parents and...
article TRICKED: Columbus Day parade is on, despite false advertising to the contrary
(Pennsylvania) -- Rain or shine, cold or warm, false information or not, the Columbus Day parade will take place Saturday morning in Bloomfield. The event was never in...
article Two NJ towns nix Columbus Day — Italian groups push back
(New Jersey) -- Princeton joins Newark this year as the first two communities in the state to mark Indigenous Peoples Day on what traditionally has been Columbus Day....
article What is the history behind Indigenous Peoples’ Day?
(USA) -- Indigenous Peoples’ Day came about as an alternative to Columbus Day in the late 1980s. It is a holiday that aims to celebrate Native Americans and...
article What’s closed on Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Columbus Day) 2019 in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier
(California) -- Los Angeles County now observes Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day. The new recognition celebrates Native Americans instead of...
article Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Missouri) -- Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause. More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’...

10/10/2019

article 'Positive change starts now': Marian University to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Wisconsin) -- To honor the United States’ first inhabitants and discoverers, Marian University will host an Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration coinciding...
article Goodbye Columbus, Hello Indigenous Peoples Day
(USA) -- Indigenous Peoples Day is increasingly being celebrated across the U.S. in place of Christopher Columbus Day, as the myth of Columbus as beneficent discoverer...
article Things to Do on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Arizona) -- When Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, he brought with him genocide, discrimination, and oppression to the indigenous peoples living in...
article Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Connecticut) -- (THE CONVERSATION) Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause. More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate...
article Letters: Join us on Indigenous Peoples Day
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Legislature took the opportunity to make history and vote on proposed legislation to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
article OP/ED: Columbus Day celebrations need to finally sail away
(New Jersey) -- There are a few things in this world that make me irrationally angry. Red Velvet Cake and paying for parking are just a few of these. However, I feel...

10/9/2019

article After debate over Columbus' role in history, Dallas City Council recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Texas) -- Frequenters of Dallas City Hall on Tuesday could hear the clatter of buffalo horn beads as Leroy Peña walked through the council chambers. Under the beads, he...
article DC Council Votes to Rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day
(Washington D.C.) -- The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day. Council Member David Grosso introduced emergency legislation...

10/8/2019

article After debate over Columbus' role in history, Dallas City Council recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Texas) -- Frequenters of Dallas City Hall on Tuesday could hear the clatter of buffalo horn beads as Leroy Peña walked through the council chambers. Under the beads, he...
article Cities and states making switch to Indigenous Peoples Day over Columbus Day
(Ohio) -- In 2018, the largest city named for Christopher Columbus quietly stepped away from observing the divisive holiday. Instead, city offices in Columbus, Ohio, now...
article Legislation would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day in Michigan
(Michigan) -- Legislation introduced by a state senator would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day in Michigan. Sen. Jeff Irwin's Senate Bill 568...
article Wisconsin will officially recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has signed an executive order declaring the second Monday of October, which is federally recognized as Columbus Day,...
article ESC Discusses Indigenous Peoples Day
(New York) -- This week, ESC talked to the Native Americans Council at Columbia about Indigenous Peoples Day and discussed how best to support them. ESC Bureau Chief...
article ISU, Sho-Ban Tribes will join in celebration
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Idaho State University will host the inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Oct. 14, featuring a sunrise ceremony,...
article Speakers discuss advocacy, Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Washington) -- Daniela Miranda, a WSU professor and volunteer at Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, spoke to GPSA Monday about service the organization offers...
article Gov. Evers signs executive order declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday, Oct. 8 signed an executive order declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. The...
article MSU celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day with activities throughout month
(Montana) -- Montana State University will commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 with a series of educational and cultural events throughout October. All events are...
press release L.A. Indigenous Peoples Day announces Taboo, MC Gene Brave Rock, Tribe Called Red
(California) -- Indigenous Peoples Day Los Angeles will be bringing forth a vast array of Native talent this weekend as organizers have recently announced the appearance...

10/7/2019

article OP/ED: Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Wisconsin) -- Recently, officials from Wisconsin’s geographically largest county declared the second Monday in October, which this year falls on Oct. 14, Indigenous...
article Why Columbus Day Courts Controversy
(USA) -- Over 500 year after he "discovered" the New World—kicking off centuries of exploration and colonization of the Americas—Christopher...

10/6/2019

article ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ Shines A Light On Texas’ Native History, Cultures
(Texas) -- San Antonio City Council passed a resolution establishing October 12 as "Indigenous Peoples Day." Other cities and states have also done this to...

10/4/2019

article Columbus Day endangered in Chicago and elsewhere
(Chicago) -- More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, the long-celebrated Chicago holiday in his honor could be headed to dry...
article Reno OKs Indigenous Peoples Day; no more Columbus Day
(Nevada) -- The city of Reno has become the newest municipality to make the move from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. During its regular meeting Oct. 2, Reno...

9/25/2019

article Move over, Columbus: 2 NJ towns to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(New Jersey) -- Princeton has joined Newark as the first two communities in the state to mark Indigenous Peoples Day on what traditionally has been Columbus Day. Earlier...
press release Vancouver Career College Honours Orange Shirt Day in Abbotsford This September
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver Career College is honouring Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2019 with a community event and a series of volunteer-led activities...

9/23/2019

article Q&A: What is the history behind Indigenous Peoples’ Day?
(North Carolina) -- Indigenous Peoples’ Day came about as an alternative to Columbus Day in the late 1980s. It is a holiday that aims to celebrate Native Americans...

9/21/2019

article Speeches, food -- but not frybread -- and Thomas X to headline Grand Forks’ Indigenous Peoples Day
(North Dakota) -- Plans for Grand Forks’ first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration are coming together. That means attendees can listen to speeches by American...

9/18/2019

article October 14 proclaimed to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana woman says the deeply rooted history of American Indians moved her to action three weeks ago when she contacted the office of Louisiana...

9/11/2019

article Alexandria to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day
(Virginia) -- City officials in Alexandria, Virginia, have voted to recognize the second Monday in October — traditionally known as Columbus Day — as...

9/10/2019

article How Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan Speaks Up for Indigenous Peoples Day
(Minnesota) -- In 2018, with Columbus Day just weeks away, a kindergarten teacher in the St. Louis Park public school district had an awkward question for Peggy Flanagan.

9/4/2019

article Montgomery residents push to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
(Alabama) -- The initial arrival of European explorers in the Americas marks the ruination of the land's founders by disease, malnutrition and violence. Native...

8/2/2019

article Indigenous youth fight to replace Columbus Day in Chicago
(Illinois) -- Native youth are taking a stand and calling for the replacement of the nationally-recognized Columbus Day celebration. Afro-Indigenous organizer Anthony...

7/19/2019

article Moorhead City Council to consider marking Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day
(North Dakota) -- Moorhead may be the next city to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same day as Columbus Day, if a new initiative passes the City Council....
article Moorhead City Council to consider marking Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day
(North Dakota) -- Moorhead may be the next city to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same day as Columbus Day, if a new initiative passes the City Council....

7/15/2019

article Indigenous Peoples Day replaces Columbus Day in Grand Forks
(North Dakota) -- A Monday night vote by the Grand Forks City Council swapped the October holiday named after Columbus for one recognizing the indigenous people who...
article Menomonie Council votes for Indigenous People's Day
(Wisconsin) -- A long recognized national holiday has a new designation and purpose in Menomonie. The second Monday in October will now be recognized as Indigenous...

6/20/2019

article City of South Lake Tahoe changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day
(Nevada) -- South Lake Tahoe will join a growing number of cities in dropping Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day. City Council on Tuesday approved a...

5/10/2019

article NJ town declines to rename Columbus Day
(New Jersey) -- This community has rejected a request to rename Columbus Day to honor Native Americans. In a unanimous vote Wednesday night, the Borough Council turned...
article Former Fort Bliss soldier arrested in 2017 Columbus Day vandalism of Tiguas statue
(Texas) -- A former Fort Bliss soldier was arrested Thursday in connection with the Oct. 9, 2017, Columbus Day vandalism of a statue of a Native American woman on the...

5/6/2019

article Cleveland councilman pushes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Ohio) -- A Cleveland city councilman is leading the charge to see a change in the celebration of the holiday known as Columbus Day. Councilman Basheer Jones, and some...

5/5/2019

article Columbus brought measles to the New World. It was a disaster for Native Americans.
(USA) -- In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, bringing to the New World a bounty of wonder: coffee, horses, turnips, grapes, wine. But Columbus and his fellow...
article Cleveland council members call for official recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Ohio) -- Cleveland council members are calling for the city to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day and will address the issue on Monday. Councilman Basheer...

5/2/2019

article Wellesley Considers Making Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day
(Massachusetts) -- Residents debated whether Columbus Day should be changed to Indigenous Peoples Day at a public forum with the Select Board Monday. The request came...

4/30/2019

article Oklahoma governor combines Columbus, Native American days
(Oklahoma) -- A bill that a broad coalition of Native American groups endorsed to celebrate a day for Indigenous people on Columbus Day was signed into law on April 25...

4/29/2019

article Maine Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Maine) -- Come October, the state of Maine won't be celebrating Columbus Day. Legislation signed into law Friday makes Maine the latest state to replace Columbus...

4/28/2019

article Maine Is the Latest State to Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Maine) -- Maine has replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, joining an increasing number of states and localities that have made the change. “...

4/27/2019

article Maine latest state to ditch Columbus Day, honor Native Americans
(Maine) -- Maine joined a small but growing number of states on Friday that have renamed Columbus Day to honor indigenous people as part of a movement to recognize the...
article Maine officially replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Maine) -- Maine has become the latest state to officially replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor Native American communities. Gov. Janet Mills...

4/26/2019

article Maine becomes the latest state to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day
(Maine) -- The state of Maine officially replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day on Friday, joining a growing list of states that are changing the name of...
article Mills signs bill changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Maine
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law Friday that establishes a holiday recognizing the indigenous people of Maine, saying that she hoped it would help...
article Cherokee Nation applauds signage of legislation designating an “Oklahoma Native American Day”
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation leaders applauded Gov. Kevin Stitt’s signing of Oklahoma Senate Bill 111 that designates the second Monday in October as Oklahoma...

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