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Barron bill would change Columbus Day to 'Indigenous People's Day'

Barron bill would change Columbus Day to 'Indigenous People's Day'

In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison started the celebration of Columbus Day to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Bahamas.

On the other hand, several cities have rejected proposals for them to proclaim Indigenous Peoples Day, including Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

It's a sentiment other officials seem to share.

That was more than five centuries ago, and some people remember what they have read in history books and seen on the Discovery channel.

I'm 58 years old now, so a long time. Modern scholars have shown that Columbus was a man ahead of his time, who often fought against the demands of his own men in their cries for brutal treatment of native peoples.

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"We want to raise awareness of this true history", he said.

The very next day, Salt Lake City, Utah, made a similar decision, followed by Austin, Texas.

I brought up recently that November is Native American Heritage month and asked friends what they'd like to know more of when it comes to Native American culture.

So in New York City, where at least three Columbus statues had been splashed with paint or otherwise defaced in recent days, the statue that has graced the center of Columbus Circle since 1892 remains under 24-hour police protection.

The momentum, however, did not gain traction in some areas. Last week, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles County chose to recognize Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday of every October, rather than Columbus Day.

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Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe, said historical accuracy is important. "If your employer doesn't give you a paid holiday but you live in a state that gives state workers the day off-read: teachers-and school is out, maybe use that as a really good excuse to take the day off of work and stay home with the kids", according to Metro US.

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue".

The statement also claims that he "inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions - even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity", ignoring that the people who faced the most adversity in Columbus' voyage were arguably the natives whose land was taken by and for people who had no claim to it. Particularly notable are 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, both by Charles C. Mann.

Christopher Columbus may not be as popular now as he was when the USA capital and a national holiday were named in his honor, but a majority of Americans still hold him in high regard.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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