"Historical facts prove that the legacy of Christopher Columbus is based on misinformation and outright lie", Arizona State University assistant professor of American Indian studies Leo Killsback wrote in a university news article.
The largest city in America named after Christopher Columbus canceled Columbus Day this year - claiming it's too broke to celebrate. The bond market as well as state and federal offices will open back up on Tuesday. The first and perhaps most famous Columbus monuments sits in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. A spokeswoman says the city is not reacting to a movement to abolish the holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples, but is giving deserved attention to veterans. Many schools are closed, as well as post offices and banks.
The first New York City Indigenous Peoples Day celebration was in 2015, when 6,000 indigenous people and their supporters gathered on Randall's Island. The other two are Presidents' Day and Veterans Day.
When asked how the city made the change, and whether it had done so through a process that was open to public debate, Davis said the decision to stay open on Columbus Day "was agreed upon by all of the unions that represent city workers during regular contract negotiations over the past year".
"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".
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The change provoked strong reactions in Columbus, as seen on local news channel 10TV's Facebook page.
"Today we celebrate Native American communities, & the pride & resilience of people reclaiming their history & traditions". Columbus was eventually arrested by the Spanish Crown and stripped of his governorship for executing Spanish citizens without a trial. That includes a peaceful protest of prayers, speeches and traditional singing in 2016 at Columbus City Hall - underneath the statue of the explorer that sits out front - to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and to urge OH to support more renewable energy.
"If you're mayor of a city and its name is Columbus, why wouldn't you capitalize on that?"
The White House sent out a second proclamation Monday afternoon declaring Tuesday, Oct. 9 "Leif Erikson Day" but again making no mention of native Americans.