Minneapolis considers renaming Columbus Day 24 Apr 14

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis could join other government entities which have renamed Columbus Day, a federal holiday since 1937, but not observed in all states.

The holiday was created to commemorate Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. But, it has long bothered Minnesotan Bill Means, an American Indian. Means says that was of the first lies students are told in public education is that Columbus discovered America. He says it’s only right that the city acknowledge the contributions of American Indians in history, starting with Columbus Day.

Minnesota Public Radio News says the Minneapolis City Council on Friday will consider a resolution that renames Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day. South Dakota is one state that has renamed Columbus Day “Native American Day.”

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org