House Representative in Colorado Wants Columbus Day Gone, Opposition Fights to Keep It

Jan 17, 2016 575

by Tara Houska

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Every year, school children across the United States will learn this poem; each October, federal employees will get a day off to honor a man who never stepped foot in North America but is widely associated with its alleged discovery.

Over the past few years, however, Columbus Day has become a holiday wrought with contention. Efforts to repeal Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day have spread acrossseveral major cities. Now, Congressman Joe Salazar, a Democrat in the Colorado House of Representatives, intends to take it a step further.

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