Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proclaims Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 09, 2018 751

BY: Linh Ta

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is proclaiming Monday as the state's inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day — a trend that's growing nationwide in acknowledgement of Native Americans, according to a press release from the Iowa Department of Human Rights. 

Typically, the second Monday of October has celebrated Columbus Day. However, critics say Columbus Day holiday honors the mass genocide and colonization of Native Americans, who lived in the Americas long before Christopher Columbus arrived in October 1492, while Italian-American organizations say the movement comes at the expense of a time to celebrate their ethnic heritage. 

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