Minneapolis To Observe Indigenous Peoples Day On Columbus Day

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The city of Minneapolis has decided to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

The City Council vote came after years of debate over whether Columbus Day is offensive to the American Indian culture because credit is being given to Christopher Columbus for discovering America, reports ValleyNewsLive.

“The City of Minneapolis recognizes the annexation of Dakota homelands for the building of our city, and knows Indigenous nations have lived upon this land since time immemorial,” the city council resolution read.

“Therefore, be it resolved by the city council that the city of Minneapolis shall recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October.”

In 1977, a United Nations delegation of native nations first proposed the idea for an indigenous peoples holiday. Indigenous activists argue that a discovery of America was impossible as people had already been living there.

“For me, it’s been almost 50 years that we’ve been talking about this pirate [Columbus],” said civil rights activist Clyde Bellecourt to Al Jazeera America.

“I see this as a very small piece of the much larger healing that has to happen in our country so that we can be whole again,” Minneapolis city council member Cam Gordon said.

Federal, state, and city governments will still recognize Columbus Day but will also celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on the same day.