Man charged with vandalizing Christopher Columbus statue

Man charged with vandalizing Christopher Columbus statue

"Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions - even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity", Trump said. Berkley, California, became one of the first cites in 1992 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. But in 2016 Denver's council unanimously approved a proposal to designate the same day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

However, not everyone in Utah is happy about it.

"Hopefully (it) will begin to ease some of that pain and give the recognition to the indigenous people that they deserve", L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said after the vote, which also set aside October 12 as Italian Heritage Day.

With this bloody history in mind, Indigenous People's Day was born in 1977 as a more culturally-sensitive alternative. A day in his honor celebrates "the beginning of cultural exchange between America and Europe", according to the Order of Sons of Italy in America.

"Celebrating Columbus Day is a real challenging thing for Native people in the United States". When native populations were all but extinct from disease, the trans-Atlantic African slave trade was ramped up to fill this slavery void. But what does the day - Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day - mean to people who are of native heritage in America?

Columbus Day controversy has flared up every fall since, this year with new fervor: Columbus statues from NY to Minnesota to California have faced vandalism or removal amid newly heightened debate on Confederate monuments, sweeping up the 15th-century figure tied to genocide and slavery. "I believe in the contribution Italian-Americans have made, just as I believe in celebrating the Caribbean and the Israel day parade".

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What's more, though state lawmakers have tried to create a number of new public holidays over the years, a search of legislation going back to the 1999-2000 legislative session didn't turn up any bills directly related to Columbus Day. He witnessed the harming of thousands of Native Americans.

"Once you establish the celebration of the indigenous people, now the non-indigenous people, we're all immigrants", Gov. Cuomo said.

He noted that October is also Italian American month.

Sagaskie is proud Mount Pleasant recognizes this day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

"The one argument that has absolutely no validity is that simply because a monument has been standing for a long time, it is "a part of history" and therefore can never be changed", he said.

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