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Columbus Day renamed 'Indigenous Peoples Day' in Minneapolis

Columbus Day Renamed 'Indigenous Peoples Day' In Minneapolis
Christopher Columbus might have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but he will no longer have a holiday in his name in Minneapolis.

"The Minneapolis City Council voted to, as some would say, set the record straight. Their unanimous vote renames Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day."

A Minneapolis state representative says the new name is an effort to honor Native American culture.

"This would be a day to celebrate our survival as a culturally distinct people despite 500 years of disease, warfare, massacre, displacement and forced assimilation."

This change got a lot of people fired up on social media, though.

One Facebook user wrote: "No, Minneapolis. It's still Columbus day and I will now celebrate it just out of spite."

Still, there are supporters: "Love, love, love this... amazing. Love living in MN #progression"

And some who pointed out perhaps both sides have the holiday wrong. "It should be changed to Horrible at Geography Day, since Columbus was about 1/2 a hemisphere off."

And actually, Minneapolis is not the first to modify its observance of the holiday.

"Minneapolis is not the only city to make a move like this. Berkeley did it in the early '90s, and other cities have done it as well. Four states do not recognize Columbus Day, including South Dakota."

Supporters hope Minnesota will join Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota in not recognizing Columbus Day.

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policasa April 29 2014 at 10:43 PM

Hey Minneapolis, get over yourself!

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spent247 policasa April 30 2014 at 1:51 AM

Good they should start teaching history right and instead of the crap they make up

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bljppi April 29 2014 at 10:43 PM

I grew up knowing it as Lief Ericson day, who is that Columbus guy anyway

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Marion April 29 2014 at 10:41 PM

My former home MPLs sometimes does some dumb things and this is one of them. But why not Viking Day as they were the first to visit the
americans who came first.

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jacobsgold April 29 2014 at 9:47 PM

Isn't that just so PC cute.

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agoodcowoman April 29 2014 at 8:23 PM

Frankly, I don't care WHAT the holiday is called as long as I still get the day off from work. hehe

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Richard agoodcowoman April 29 2014 at 9:37 PM

You get Columbus Day off? What?

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SABRINA April 29 2014 at 9:33 PM

The U.S. of P.C. you have to love it.

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B April 29 2014 at 10:49 PM

Why not "Explorer's Day?" Even the so-called indigenous people explored their way here via the Aleutian Islands...

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mshrug B April 29 2014 at 10:56 PM

...because they hate Columbus

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Angie Andrysiak April 29 2014 at 4:41 PM

I have great respect for our Native Americans, but I am Italian American. The do deserve a special holiday but does it have to replace Columbus Day. I never got Columbus day off so no loss if Native American day is on another day.

Angela Marchese Andrysiak

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Steve-a-rino April 29 2014 at 3:52 PM

Who were the true, first "indigenous" people? Certainly there were others long before Indians. Why is "history" counted from 500 years ago? Why now 1,000, 10,000 or 50,000 years ago? And why don't we celebrate Columbus Day by allowing all of US to just go around planting flags and claiming the land for ourselves?

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smashingmonkey Steve-a-rino April 29 2014 at 3:59 PM

I've never read anything about indigenous people in North America before the Indians. I don't think the fossil record supports that notion.

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greg April 29 2014 at 3:29 PM

Hartford, Connecticut reversed the statue of Lafeyette so that that the rear end of the horse he is portrayed on now faces Christopher Columbus in front of the State capitol.

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greg greg April 29 2014 at 3:32 PM

Oh and as an Italian American I am offended.

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smashingmonkey greg April 29 2014 at 3:53 PM

How do you think the horse feels?

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