New Yorkers Call for Indigenous Peoples' Day and Removal of Columbus Statue

New Yorkers Call for Indigenous Peoples' Day and Removal of Columbus Statue

The Bay Area Native community has always been at the center of Berkeley's Indigenous Peoples' Day and Indian Market.

"Christopher Columbus' legacy of extreme violence, enslavement, and brutality is not in dispute", O'Farrell said, according to CNN affiliate KCAL.

"I'm proud to introduce this measure honoring the people who lived for centuries on North America and here in Wisconsin before the so-called discovery of America by European explorers", Bowen said. Instead of landing in Asia, Columbus came ashore in the Bahamas, and later spotted Cuba, though he thought it might be Japan. Expunging all references to Columbus from American civic life would also require renaming the country's capitol, as "District of Columbia" would likely be unable to survive the purge, too.

There is no question that Columbus' arrival in the New World under the sponsorship of Spain was bad for the indigenous people of Hispaniola, the island he colonized that is now split between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

For Llanes and Almanza the ultimate change will occur when Indigenous Peoples' Day is recognized nationwide.

Members of the Yale community celebrated Indigenous People's Day in a series of events - ranging from speaker events to a celebratory dance performance - that took place on campus from Sunday to Monday. In New York City, protesters rallied at a 115-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus near Central Park, calling for its removal and for the city to make the second Monday of each October Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Many have taken issue with the way Columbus is glorified, particularly by the holiday. Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September and is still awaiting substantial aid from the United States, he said. The president of the Native American coalition, Regina Tsosie, says it's important to keep the culture's history alive. Indifference is the true spirit of Columbus Day.

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McDermott also wrote that part of the initial reason behind Columbus Day was to elevate an Italian-born person during a time when discrimination against Italian Americans was commonplace due to their darker skin complexion and Catholic religion. They also want official recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day, and better recruitment of Indigenous students.

The petition, circulated among rally members, called upon local lawmakers - including Mayor Stephanie Miner, members of the Syracuse Common Council and Onondaga County Legislature - to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

"We are not here to judge or demine we are here to talk about Indigenous people and share our values", Putra said.

At least 16 states, including Alaska, Hawaii and OR, don't recognize Columbus Day as a public holiday.

"I don't disrespect you for doing that", Peterson said, "but I am going to recognize our indigenous people who have been here for tens of thousands of years". "People who have lost their land, their culture, traditions".

"It's in these unconscious portrayals that we create biases for children and I support a celebration of indigenous peoples' day where it is not too late to understand the fullness of what happened when we landed on the shores of an already settled continent", Sandra McKinney of Eau Claire.

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