The City Councilors of Charlottesville, VA expect to consider a resolution Monday night that would change the name of an October observance.  Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy believes the time is right for the city to get rid of Columbus Day, and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day.  Columbus  Day has been a part of federal and state calendars since 1937....

What was intended to be an informative discussion about the positive aspects of Indigenous Peoples’ Day led to a more strained and awkward defense of Columbus Day and the “civilization” he brought to the Americas in the 15th century. While council members were only learning about Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday night, it was clear that at  least...

After much debate, the town will be the first in New Hampshire to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig said the decision followed hours of discussion and debate between the Council and the public, with the council designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Durham. Selig said seven membe...

A divisive national debate about public statues of historical figures has reached New London. A group led by local conservative talk show host Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh is seeking protection of the Christopher Columbus statue off Bank Street despite the fact city officials said there have been no serious calls for its removal. Hopkins-Cavanagh organize...

After nearly an hour of public comment, Brunswick Town Council voted 8 – 1 to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which would occur the same day as Columbus Day. The decision, coming soon after the City of Portland’s Monday decision, makes it the fifth municipality in Maine to recognize indigenous people on that day,...

A resolution that would recognize the second Monday in October as both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Edmonds will be considered by the Edmonds City Council at this Tuesday night’s, Sept. 19 business meeting. The resolution was originally proposed and approved unanimously during the Sept. 6 Edmonds Diversity Commission meeti...

Discussion continued last week on the landmark status of three locations in White Plains, including a Christopher Columbus statue that has recently sparked debate. During a public hearing held by the Historic Preservation Committee last Wednesday, residents voiced that the Columbus statue should receive landmark status. The statue is located in Tib...

The state’s largest city will now mark the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day — joining a growing list of cities and towns to recognize native cultures on Columbus Day. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to use the date of the federal holiday as a day to honor the native peoples, including those who lived in North America lo...

On the occasion of the Columbus quincentennial in 1992 a pundit declared inThe Chicago Tribune, “Poor Christopher Columbus. He’s dead, white, European male, politically incorrect… charged with a litany of sins… History can’t even get his name right. It was probably closer to Cristobal Colon.” This is an illustration of the countless attempts to “co...

Democrat Ameya Pawar says that if elected Illinois governor, he would work to have Illinois rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. While the idea may sound somewhat new, the concept of Indigenous Peoples Day has been around for a while. Vermont already has replaced the October federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus with Indigenous P...