Today we go west, to the Grand Canyon State: Arizona. The story of the Italians here starts with an important explorer, Father Eusebio Kino: we will learn about this incredible hero, another Italian explorer who helped many people, included a lot of Native Americans. Our guest, the person who will lead us through Italy in Arizona, is Massimo Paolil...

To Larry Wright Jr., Chief Standing Bear’s legacy is worthy of celebration, especially as Nebraska marks its 150th anniversary of statehood. After being exiled from Nebraska, the Ponca Tribe chief and 29 others trekked hundreds of miles back to bury the body of Standing Bear’s teenage son, whose dying wish was to be laid to rest in his beloved home...

The Italian American Alliance recently was created to serve as a lobbying and advocacy group for Italians in Cambridge. The group was created in response to the Cambridge City Council's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. "We very much look forward to confronting those individuals as well as the cooperating organizations t...

In a recent letter to the editor related to the controversy surrounding flags flown at Greenwood High School, one writer stated, “Only the American flag should be allowed to fly (in the U.S.). No other.” I disagree and, in fact I proudly fly the flag of Italy on Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day. It is not meant to slight the American flag or...

The second Monday in October will continue to be observed as Columbus Day in the Williamsville Central School District. A proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day on the district calendar was rejected by a wide margin Tuesday night by the School Board. Board President Toni L. Vazquez, who initiated the proposal in October, cast th...

Goodbye Columbus? The House of Representatives approved the second reading of a bill Tuesday to have school commemorations drop Columbus Day observances and replace them with Montana Heritage Day, capping an emotional debate in which heavy criticism was launched against the famed Italian explorer credited with discovering America in 1492. House Bil...

Dear Pepperdine University, I was very disappointed to receive news that the university has succumbed to the pressure from protesters for the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus at your fine university. I was on the committee of the Quincentenary celebrating the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage to the New World. We were aware of pro...

Considering my obvious Italian surnames, it may come as a surprise to some people that I support the San Francisco Board of Education’s recent decision to remove Columbus Day from its October academic calendar. The day will now be designated simply as Indigenous People’s Day. Both names had apparently been on the academic calendar for some time. Ma...

Columbus Day became a Federal holiday in 1937.  In 1992 the City Council of Berkeley, CA declared October 12th the day of solidarity with Indigenous People's Day to protest Columbus historic voyages and travels and calling attention to the losses suffered by Native American peoples and their cultures.  Their premise is that Columbus’s discovery of...

The decision to nix Columbus Day from the San Francisco Unified School District calendar last month came not with a bang but a whimper in The City. But the news apparently struck a chord with Italian Americans in Washington, D.C., who wrote a scathing letter Feb. 2 that singled out Board of Education Commissioner Matt Haney for his “particularly un...