On his return to Spain, sailing in January and February 526 years ago, Christopher Columbus composed three letters describing his first voyage west and his experiences on the islands he explored. The letters were purportedly sent to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand; Luis De Sant Angel (Santangel), who helped finance the voyage; and Gabriel Sanchez...

Dear Fr. Jenkins, We are writing to express our deepest and most sincere concerns regarding the recent decision to cover up the Luigi Gregori murals in the Main Building. We firmly believe that the murals possess a cultural and historical value that transcends the concerns articulated in your recent e-mail detailing the decision to cover them up. I...

The city of Sandusky will no longer recognize Columbus Day as an official holiday. Instead of having the day as a paid holiday, city workers will have off on Election Day. City officials said they decided to make the switch for two reasons. It prioritizes voting. The move also recognizes Columbus Day’s controversial origins. “What better way to cel...

There’s an effort at the state Capitol to do away with Columbus Day. The holiday has become controversial with many claiming a man who treated Native Americans so poorly doesn’t deserve to be celebrated. Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, a Democrat representing Adams County, is proposing a bill that would replace Columbus Day with Colorado Day, the first Mo...

Every immigrant group has been forced to deal with discrimination. Unlike other immigrant groups, however, Italian Americans kept silent when newspapers were unfair and harshly critical. After all, their “Old Country” experience with politicians and police were never good. Civic officials were rarely trustworthy. So, they maintained a steady code o...

The outcry over Notre Dame’s decision to cover up murals of Christopher Columbus – murals that have been there since the 1880’s – has sparked outrage in the Italian American community. Executive Board Member of the Italian American One Voice Coalition Andre DiMino was a guest on dozens of radio shows this week including an interview on the national...

By now you have heard that the president of Notre Dame, under pressure from students and Native American groups, has agreed to cover up murals of Christopher Columbus. Executive Board Member of the Italian American One Voice Coalition Andre DiMino has been speaking about this issue on sixteen different radio stations all week- including the Indiana...

The president of Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins, told Fox News on Thursday that his decision to cover campus murals depicting Christopher Columbus wasn't intended to conceal anything. Rather, he said, the goal was to tell “the full story.” Speaking to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Jenkins explained his decision to cover 12 murals in the school's i...

The Columbus Citizens Foundation has made a public plea to the University of Notre Dame to reconsider its recent censorship of Christopher Columbus from the University's Main Building. Notre Dame's President, Reverend John Jenkins, recently announced the university's plans to cover twelve murals depicting various stages of Columbus's life.  The mur...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) today asked the University of Notre Dame to reconsider its decision to cover the historic Christopher Columbus murals on its campus. On Sunday, University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins announced in a written statement that the series of Christopher Columbus murals located on the second floor...