Lawmaker takes first step to remove Columbus Day in NYC

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

Worthington said that although the city of Berkeley "gets it" in its decision to replace Columbus Day, it still has a long way to go in terms of acknowledging Native American rights.

Police escorted them away and the ceremony continued, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern reported. The resolution that was passed stated that it wants to teach the Native Americans history in schools. "We do this because our history book erase such history. This is not about erasing history; I believe the full history and impact of Christopher Columbus should be taught to current and future generations", Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis said in a statement.

The date Indigenous People's Day is held on varies slightly every year however and, in 2017, America's states and towns face a stark choice as both holidays fall on the same day. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated October 12 as the national holiday called Columbus Day.

Over 50 municipalities and four states - Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota - use the day to honor indigenous people.

Asked about the review of Christopher Columbus statues on public lands ordered recently by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, also an Italian-American, Cuomo did not directly answer a reporter's question. "We just don't want it to be at the expense of Columbus Day".

Hunter Sagaskie, a Native American Programs peer adviser, also thinks the national holiday is inappropriate.

However, the SUNY Student Assembly announced that they will be honoring Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day along with Columbus Day.

Gonzales says Columbus Day marks the beginning of a period of time in the calendar year that can be painful for and insensitive toward native communities.

It has been tradition for years to celebrate their nationality on Columbus Day, stressed Tony Ippolito. More than three-quarters (76 percent) said historical figures should be judged by the standards of their own time, while less than one-in-five (16 percent) said they should be judged by today's standards.

"There are a lot of inaccuracies in our history", Green said.

A wreath-laying ceremony at a NY statue of Christopher Columbus the day before the Columbus Day holiday was been interrupted briefly by demonstrators speaking out against honoring the Italian explorer.

Cliff Matias, the cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, which is hosting a "Re-Thinking Columbus Day" event through Monday in NY, defended the event and said it was not being held to take anything away from the Italian Americans.

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