Salt Lake adds Indigenous Peoples' Day to Columbus Day

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This holiday is traditionally celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and other Asian cultures, according to the motion by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Kathryn Barger.

"The City strongly supports the proposition that Indigenous Peoples' Day shall be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of the region", Throgmorton read from the proclamation. This is about understanding that for centuries, America's ancestors oppressed certain groups of people.

"This change, while symbolic, is about recognizing the contributions, history, and sacrifices made by the original inhabitants of the area".

Council member Charlie Luke said the city has a responsibility to oppose "the systematic discrimination toward indigenous people in the U.S". He spoke at the board meeting about his relationship with the holiday named for the Italian explorer.

"I'm now taking a Native American literature class and after learning about Columbus and how he was a rapist and how he abused the Native Americans, I'd have to say I would rather support Native Americans than Christopher Columbus", health care systems administration sophomore Emily Laforce said. He is something that suppresses the American interested Indian identity. He landed instead in the Caribbean, where he was said to have committed atrocities against the native island people he found there.

The motion also recognizes the "rich and unique history and diversity represented within the indigenous population residing" in Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also voted on Tuesday to eliminate all references to Columbus Day as a county holiday, designating October 12 as Italian American Heritage Day and creating a new Indigenous People's Day.