Lawmaker aiming to replace Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Nebraska

Feb 20, 2020 554

BY: Jon Kipper

A Nebraska state senator wants Nebraska to stop celebrating the legacy of Christopher Columbus, instead, honoring Native Americans on the same day. A bill by state senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, would replace the state-observed Columbus Day, with Indigenous Peoples Day.

She wants to move away from celebrating Columbus, who she says never stepped foot into North America and historians have recently unearthed unseemly actions. “The reality of Columbus’s actions on indigenous people is well-documented. Rape, abuse, enslavement, murder and theft are not things to be honored," says Larry Wright, Jr. with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

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