Trump Issues Columbus Day Proclamation Without Obama's Misgivings

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

They say that is historically inaccurate. They say no one spoke out against it at that time. A celebration meant to recognise and respect the proud traditions and customs of North America's great tribes, it was first marked in 1992, five centuries on from Columbus setting sail. "We do this because our history book erase such history".

Many school districts and local governments will mark Columbus Day the same way they have for decades, with no classes and no work in honor of the man widely believed to have "discovered" America.

Aguirre said people have been protesting the statue for years, and his next step is to speak with city council about taking it down.

So the Council should recognize Columbus Day and choose another day for the new holiday, perhaps the day before or after Columbus Day.

President Donald Trump broke with recent White House tradition and offered no words of condolences for the genocide of Native Americans while proclaiming Christopher Columbus day.

At that time, community leaders commented specifically on the date that Indigenous Peoples Day falls on, the federally recognized Columbus Day.

Green said she wants students to realize Native Americans have a long history on this land and they are still here.

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The Cincinnati City Council rejected a proclamation previous year that would have recognized Indigenous People's Day over Columbus Day, after five of the council's nine members abstained from voting, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Columbus Day holidays have increasingly been divisive as some Native American descendents argue that the holiday commemorates the beginning of one of the world's greatest genocides, the slaughter, relocation and forced assimilation of millions of indigenous Americans who were living on this continent when Europeans landed.

Hunter Sagaskie, a Native American Programs peer adviser, also thinks the national holiday is inappropriate.

Barron described Columbus as a "colonizer" who "enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people". Three states - Alaska, Minnesota and Vermont - have changed the holiday.

Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe, said historical accuracy is important.

Cliff Matias, the cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, which is hosting a "Re-Thinking Columbus Day" event through Monday in NY, defended the event and said it was not being held to take anything away from the Italian Americans.

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