Trump leaves Native Americans out of his Columbus Day statement

President Trump’s Columbus Day statement included many kind words about the holiday’s honoree but made no mention of explorer’s impact on Native Americans. 

Trump celebrated Christopher Columbus, in part, as a, “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.”

His comments are a departure from statements made by some previous U.S. presidents, reports Fortune.

Both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton wove Native Americans into the narrative, with the former commenting that the arrival of Columbus wrought, “previously unseen disease, devastation, and violence,” among indigenous populations. 

Historian David M. Perry further notes in a piece published by CNN, “[Columbus] also took slaves for display back home and to work in his conquered lands." 

The continued practice of dedicating a day to honor the 15th-century explorer is a point of contention in the U.S.

"At least 16 states, including Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon, don't recognize Columbus Day as a public holiday," notes CNN.

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Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller performs during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller performs during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform a dance during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers get ready to perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Attendees perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller performs during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A reveller dances during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Revellers perform during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, U.S., October 8, 2017. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and to promote Native American culture and history. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: A vender sells Native American-themed shirts during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Hollywood character impersonators walk near a girl carrying a sign on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students prepare to dance on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: A student of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students holds incense during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Yaotl Mazahua performs with the indigenous band Aztlan Underground on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area on October 8, 2017 of Los Angeles, Californiaa. The event is a celebration of the Los Angeles County's decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved the replacement on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian-American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: A man carries a sign on Hollywood Boulevard during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: People watch a local Tongva tribal elder speak on Hollywood Boulevard near the El Capitan Theatre and Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students pray before dancing on Hollywood Boulevard near the El Capitan Theatre and Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 8, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Both the city and the county of Los Angeles have approved Indigenous Peoples Day to replace Columbus Day on each second Monday in October, starting no later than 2019. October 12 will be Italian American Heritage Day. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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