Bill to switch Columbus Day holiday sent sailing

Feb 21, 2019 357

BY: Caitlin Andrews

Legislators have put off deciding whether the second Monday in October needs a name change for this session. A bill that would have renamed Christopher Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day was retained in committee Tuesday, meaning it probably won’t be back this year.

Communities across the country have been wrestling with whether to make the switch in recent years. Advocates for the bill say taking Columbus’s name off the holiday would correct the record on the Italian explorer’s deadly exploits and elevate the history of indigenous people. Opponents have resisted on the grounds that making the change would either erase history or insult the heritage of Italian-Americans.

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