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More Cities Ditch Columbus Day For Indigenous People's Day

Culture & Community By O. DELGADO7797 views
More Cities Ditch Columbus Day For Indigenous People's Day

By now we all know that Columbus didn't really discover America...

You can't really "discover" a place where people have been living for thousands of years.

He wasn't even the first European to be like, "Hey, there's a whole other continent over here!" (Viking Erik the Red and his son Lief did that like 500 years before Columbus.)

In school, we learned about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, but not so much about the enslavement and massacre of Native Americans by Columbus, his European buddies, and their deadly diseases.  Columbus didn't even realize he had "discovered" a whole new world - he thought he landed in India because was really bad at math and navigation.  (Which is why people used to call Native Americans "Indians".)

The Knights of Columbus are the reason Columbus Day was declared a national holiday in 1937 by President Franklin D Roosevelt, because they wanted a day to celebrate Catholic Italian American heritage (Columbus was a Catholic Italian). 

Hey, I'm down to celebrate Italian Americans.  Let's have an Italian Americans Are Great Day and cancel this Columbus bs.

Fortunately, more and more cities are ditching Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People's Day, which honors Native Americans, whose ancestors settled in the Americas over 15,000 years ago.  

In the 1990s, Berkeley, CA, was the first city to cancel Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People's Day.  Since then, dozens of cities and even whole states have made the change.

Here's a list of the cities that celebrate Indigenous People's Day:

  • Los Angeles
  • Berkeley, California
  • Santa Cruz, California
  • San Fernando, California
  • San Francisco
  • Burbank, California
  • Long Beach, California
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Watsonville, California
  • Seattle
  • Olympia, Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Bainbridge Island, Washington
  • Minneapolis
  • Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Denver
  • Durango, Colorado
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Phoenix
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Traverse City, Michigan
  • Alpena, Michigan
  • East Lansing, Michigan
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Santa Fe
  • Cincinatti
  • Portland
  • Eugene, Oregon.
  • Newstead, New York
  • Ithaca, New York
  • Anadarko, Oklahoma
  • Norman, Oklahoma
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • Carrboro, North Carolina
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Belfast, Maine
  • Bangor, Maine
  • Orono, Maine
  • Portland, Maine
  • Bexar County, Texas
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Durham, New Hampshire
  • Moscow, Idaho
  • Oberlin, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Salt Lake City
  • Austin, Texas
  • Nashville, Tennesse
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • South Fulton, Tennesse

 Does your city celebrate Indigenous People's Day?