Ditch Columbus Day? Some Places Already Have

Ditch Columbus Day? Some Places Already Have

Indigenous Peoples' Day occurs every year on the second Monday of October, a day traditionally celebrated as Columbus Day, but in recent years have shifted focus to illuminate the experiences of Native Americans and Indigenous People, who were almost exterminated in parts of what was known as "the New World".

Instead, it is because the city lacks funding to give its 8,500 employees the day off on both Columbus Day and Veterans Day, mayor's office spokeswoman Robin Davis told USA Today.

The second Monday in October marks the celebration of Christopher Columbus discovering America - and this year, that falls on October 8! And though NY isn't listed among cities and states that officially celebrate the latter, there is a 2018 Indigenous Peoples Day celebration planned for NYC. Cindi Byron-Dixon, one of the original members of the Indigenous Peoples Day Committee, said she and others from the committee worked for months to put together a resolution for City Council.

The White House proclamation notes Columbus was a native of the Italian City of Genoa and it honors the 'important contributions of Italian Americans to our country's culture, business, and civic life.

People who replied to Saldivar's original tweet believed that the temporary removal of the Columbus statue was meant to just "protect it" rather than actually honoring Indigenous Peoples Day.


A growing number of USA cities since the 1990s have replaced Columbus Day with a holiday honouring indigenous people.

Williams said he understands why some people do not like celebrating Columbus Day anymore and thinks it may no longer be a national holiday in the future.

On Monday evening, students joined the Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) in an Indigenous Peoples' Day Vigil.

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

Christopher Columbus's spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans.


"(Columbus) made two mistakes", he said.

Libraries: Most public libraries, including the New York Public Library will be closed on Columbus Day.

While it is a federal holiday, it is not celebrated or recognized in some states. We are proud of our heritage.

The NYC Indigenous Peoples Day celebration 2018 is free and open to all. There are over 300 Native American reservations in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

No doubt there are some residents that support the city shrugging off the holiday this year but according to The Washington Post, there is one group whose opposition to it has rung out the loudest.


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