Notre Dame will shroud its 134-year-old murals of explorer Christopher Columbus after some students complained that the images were “demeaning” to Native Americans, the university’s president announced in a letter. “The murals’ depiction of Columbus as beneficent explorer and friend of the native peoples hides from view the darker side of this stor...

La spedizione dell’italiano Cristoforo Colombo nelle Americhe, nel 1492, da sempre fiore all’occhiello delle imprese compiute dal nostro Paese, nasconde aspetti affascinanti su cui la storiografia scolastica non si sofferma. Quasi nessuno, difatti, se non i maggiori esperti della biografia di Colombo, conosce la serie di aneddoti riguardanti il via...

Oftentimes, Italian or Italian American associations at the center of a community in one of the many American cities are led by exceptional Italian American men or women who have gained over the years the experience necessary to preside over a community that recognizes itself in loving and celebrating Italy. They are sometimes white-haired leaders...

Two Kansas legislators have pre-filed a bill to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The bill was proposed by Dennis Highberger and Ponka-We Victors, the only Native American in the Kansas legislature. The bill states Kansas recognizes that it was "first inhabited by the indigenous peoples of this region, including the Kanza a...

Democratic representatives Tim Horrigan of Dover and Amanda Bouldin of Manchester tried last year to get a bill passed that would change the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in New Hampshire. They were soundly defeated, as the bill was referred to interim study, where lawmakers voted 12-1 on Oct. 29 that the bill...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”),  America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, is  raising funds on GoFundMe to challenge local officials that seek to rename Columbus Day or remove monuments. This comes after several localities including NYC have initiated public debate over whether to keep or remove...

One order of business for the Hancock County Commissioners at the board’s first meeting of 2019 was to vote 2-1 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The board met Jan. 3. Chairman Antonio Blasi said 13 months ago, the board received 75 signatures “asking us to do this.” Blasi and new commissioner John Wombacher voted in favor of the...

As you know, the Pirandello Lyceum has become an active member of the Italian American Alliance.  As the President of the Pirandello Lyceum I am a member of the  Board of Directors. The Italian American Alliance was formed over a year ago to address the growing effort of many in American society to revise the history of many cultures in such a way...

School officials in Framingham rejected a bid to replace Columbus Day on the school calendar with “Indigenous Peoples Day,” but added indigenous peoples to the commemoration. The Framingham School Committee voted 5-4 Wednesday night to approve the change, with the majority seizing on a compromise offered by the superintendent of schools. The four-m...

The list of early-adopter Massachusetts communities that have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day is about what you’d expect: Amherst, Northampton, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. School committees in Mashpee and Pittsfield have also jumped on board. But now the school committee in Framingham is considering making the switch, a...