Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Columbus day event draws supporters and protesters in Pueblo

Columbus day event draws supporters and protesters in Pueblo

A commemorative plaque will be placed by the tree, stating that it's there to "remind us of the indigenous peoples, present and past, for whom IL was home prior to this University's founding in 1867 and remains so to this day". Many cities, including Los Angeles and now Columbus, among others, have either stopped observing the holiday or changed it to Indigenous Peoples Day to remember those who were negatively impacted by colonialism.

"When you have a debate to give someone a national holiday, you're really opening up that person to a lot of scrutiny", he said.

It's not only Native populations that are harmed when we continue to celebrate Columbus year after year. "We can't wait to keep the message of "love and music" alive on stage on October 8". Of note, in Hawaii the second Monday in October is known as Discoverers' Day, and it is not a state holiday.

"Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history", the mayor wrote when announcing the decision last month. "The fact that the city of Columbus is taking action is a victory for everyone".

O'Farrell was principal sponsor of legislation the council passed past year designating the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day in the nation's second-largest city.

Previous year around the Columbus Day federal holiday, bright red graffiti across the statue spelled out "Black Lives Matter" and "murderer," calling attention to the atrocities the explorer committed against African slaves.

While the inclusion or omission of indigenous people from such presidential proclamations has become a partisan issue - George W Bush did not, while Barack Obama and Bill Clinton both did - the observance of Columbus Day has declined around the country.

'Christopher Columbus's spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans. Like many of us, when we grow up, we learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

The News Gazette Charlene Teters speaks during an indigenous peoples day event on Monday Oct. 8 2018. Image
The News Gazette Charlene Teters speaks during an indigenous peoples day event on Monday Oct. 8 2018. Image

An Aurora organization is pushing for a day in Aurora to recognize indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Peoples Day has been observed by inhabitants of San Francisco and beyond, especially on Alcatraz Island. "I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse history and all who have contributed to shaping this Nation".

Alaska just made the switch to Indigenous Peoples' Day previous year, and cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and Ithaca, New York, have done the same.

An organizer of the local Italian-American Festival says it's an obvious attempt to be politically correct, and a missed opportunity.

"We didn't think it was prudent to add an additional holiday", Davis said.

She also emphasized the multifaceted nature of Indigenous Peoples' Day. "It leaves a sour taste in your mouth", she said.

"We're proud to say that we're American Italians".

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