American Colleges That No Longer Observe Columbus Day

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The bill calls for the Governor to issue a proclamation and for the day to be " be observed by the people, with appropriate exercises in the schools and otherwise, to acknowledge the history of genocide and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, and to recognize and celebrate the thriving cultures and continued resistance and resilience of Indigenous peoples and their tribal nations".

"Indigenous Peoples' Day really opens up this opportunity for conversations and for visibility", says Elizabeth Ellis, assistant professor of early American and Native American history at New York University.

One town is refusing to join the state in renaming Columbus Day. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Numerous memes shared today are tongue-in-cheek memes about the true history behind the holiday.

Democratic New Mexico state Rep. Derrick Lente of Sandia Pueblo, the sponsor of the New Mexico legislation that changed the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day, said the day allows reflection on the United States' complicated history.

The ISG has recently passed a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Just previous year, the town of Carrboro, North Carolina, issued a resolution to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. "This land has been home to Indigenous People since time immemorial, and without whom, the building of this state would not have been possible".

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On his first day in the New World, Columbus wrote in his journal that he seized six natives whom he believed would be good servants. This was found written in documents that Spanish historians discovered in 2005. It's also about honoring Italian-American heritage as a whole.

On the second Monday of October each year, the United States recognizes Christopher Columbus in the form of a federal holiday.

But some locations still celebrate both.

Others are just sad because they don't get the day off. "The University still does not observe Columbus Day".

From Minnesota to Vermont, at least five states and Washington, D.C., have done away with Columbus Day celebrations in deference to Native Americans, though the federal Columbus Day remains in place. This year we'll still be celebrating Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in 2019.

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