More Cities Deciding Not To Celebrate Columbus Day

A student of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students holds incense during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area

Traditionally, Columbus Day marks the explorer's arrival to America on October 12, 1492.

A similar effort twice failed in Cincinnati before a vote Wednesday finally recognized Columbus Day as the renamed Indigenous Peoples Day.

By now, you probably know Christopher Columbus didn't discover America. But Columbus did pave the way for the "European exploration, exploitation, and colonization of the Americas", according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. "I guess it's never too late, but it is late". The one that stands outside City Hall arrived as a gift in 1955 from Genoa, Italy, believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. "He underestimated the circumference of the world and he did not realize that there was something between Asia and Western Europe".

"People are not aware of the actual history", Gumbs says.

For too long, he said, "too many students from too many backgrounds did not find the welcoming experience they should have" at the UI.

It's not only Native populations that are harmed when we continue to celebrate Columbus year after year.

She ended up becoming the unlikely face of the campaign to abolish Chief Illiniwek and Native American mascots, which she considers dehumanizing to American Indians. "(He) was very vicious".

The explorer's history has been divisive as some historians claim Columbus committed atrocities against the Native Americans he encountered as he came to America. He decried the brutality, describing how Columbus and the conquistadors disfigured Native slaves and fed them alive to dogs.

King, a sophomore studying neuroscience, said he, Keisha Beyal, Gaby Anderson, Jordan Begay and Lydia Curliss founded the Native American Student Association to strengthen the voice of the Native community on campus and increase resources for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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"The City of Columbus will be open on Columbus Day on Monday, October 8, 2018".

Columbus Day has been officially celebrated since 1937 after President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it a Federal Holiday. "It's not PC for me to say anything against indigenous peoples", he said. "It just gives an extra day of school off for high schoolers".

In fact, Columbus, Ohio, has no real connection to the man himself.

Jessica French, a grad student majoring in music composition, said what Columbus did in the past does not make his holiday appealing to many people today.

"That's a real honor, because we are nearly always the 'only.' Far too often we're the only native person in the classroom, the only native person in the school, the only native person on the panel".

"One of my favorite quotes is an Apache translation: 'Wisdom sits in places, '" she said. "Even I don't have all the information".

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

It's still a federal holiday. "Celebrate the different heritages and cultures, and we kind of do that in a different way, but maybe (do it) on a (grander) scale".

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