Inaugural Indigenous People's Day a celebration

Inaugural Indigenous People's Day a celebration

Inaugural Indigenous People's Day a celebration

But, more cities and states are deciding not to honor Columbus Day and are instead recognizing the people who were here first.

For the first time, Columbus, Ohio didn't celebrate Columbus Day, and many cities and states are now celebrating Indigenous peoples day or Native American day to replace Columbus Day.

"It's to honor and respect the real history, the human history that was here, to recognize that their land was stolen, the people were oppressed, they were not treated as equals", Rabia Povich of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, said.

The event, aimed at spreading awareness of Indigenous history and culture, took place on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Muwekma-Tah-Ruk house at Stanford and the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by Native American activists. "We can't wait to keep the message of "love and music" alive on stage on October 8".

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 is Columbus Day, a federal holiday. The one that stands outside City Hall arrived as a gift in 1955 from Genoa, Italy, believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

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.

The second Monday in October marks the celebration of Christopher Columbus discovering America - and this year, that falls on October 8! Cleveland, which has a large Italian-American population, continues to host a major Columbus Day parade. A few entire states have moved to officially recognised Indigenous Peoples Day, as well: Minnesota, Vermont and Alaska. Those cities are now honoring the history and contributions of Native Americans.

Alaska just made the switch to Indigenous Peoples' Day a year ago, and cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and Ithaca, New York, have done the same.

"I don't see a point in (Columbus Day)", he said.

"This is terrific! It's bad enough the city is named after a genocidal racist maniac, but this is a step in the right direction". "Indigenous Peoples' Day represents not only the plight but the resilience of Indigenous people in the US and in the world".

An organizer of the local Italian-American Festival says it's an obvious attempt to be politically correct, and a missed opportunity.

"We're starting here, but we're not stopping here", Bell said.

The vote to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day was an effort by District 10 supervisor Malia Cohen, who attended the event.

"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".

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