Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
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What we teach our young people today about Christopher Columbus is far from the truth. Columbus day is a recognized holiday in Minnesota. A holiday is a time for celebration. Christopher Columbus does not deserve our celebration.
In an interview with the Star Tribune, City Council Member Alondra Cano, the leader of this movement, expalins the importance of this movement,
“This is more about elevating the American Indian perspective than it is about being anti-Columbus,” Cano said. “Although there are plenty of people that will talk about the deep violence that Christopher Columbus used and enacted when he first came to this part of the world.”
The Red Wing resolution noted that Columbus never set foot in North America and practiced “extreme cruelty” in the New World.
“From a basic historical perspective there’s a lack of understanding about what Christopher Columbus did or didn’t do,” Cano said. “So we’re just trying to make sure that people are aware of a more clear and accurate history in terms of what is that folks are celebrating on Christopher Columbus Day, what does that mean for them.”
In an email invitation, Alondro Cano, expands on significance of this movement, and points to the history of this issue in Minnesota. She writes,
For over 45 years, American Indian people in Minneapolis and Indigenous communities across the Americas have been raising awareness about the need to transform Columbus Day. Recognized as a federal holiday on the second Monday of October, Columbus Day represents a painful legacy for a vast majority of the children and families whose Indigenous ancestors have lived on this land since time immemorial.
I am proud to lead the effort, along with several American Indian community members, to end the official recognition of Columbus Day in the City of Minneapolis because I understand that in order to help close the racial equity gap and diminish the effects of historical trauma, we should change our policies and practices to better reflect the experiences of American Indian people and uplift our country’s Indigenous roots and contributions.
The idea of Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas. In 1990 representatives from 120 Indigenous nations at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance unanimously passed a resolution to transform Columbus Day into an occasion to strengthen the process of continental unity and struggle towards liberation, and thereby use the occasion to reveal historical truths.
Minneapolis has a strong history of over four decades of American Indian activism, which I celebrate and honor. In this light, please join the first Indigenous woman ever elected to the Minnesota State Legislature, Representative Susan Allen, U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, American Indian Movement Co-Founder Clyde Bellecourt, NACDI President Jay Bad Heart Bull, Mayor Betsy Hodges and I for a community reception to learn about the meaning of this effort. Stay for the City Council meeting to show your support for this resolution.
Friday, April 25, 2014
8:30 a.m. Reception, Room 319
9:30 a.m. City Council Meeting, Room 317 (Council Chambers)
Minneapolis City Hall 350 S. 5th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415
When this change happens the city of Minneapolis will change the name of this day on all calenders and official news releases. Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day will have huge implications beyond Minneapolis.
The change will be a valuable teaching moment for our state and our country.
Many conversations about the true history of this country will be started because of this change.
Movements like these will spark changes all over the country but we have to start somewhere. And Minneapolis is that somewhere.
Help us change history.
Carly Puch & Taryn Manthey-Logan
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