RETHINK Columbus Day RECOGNIZE Indigenous Peoples Day
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To honor the Indigenous People of this country, we, the people of the University of Florida, request a university-wide replacement of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day from this Ninth Day of October 2017 forward.
Regardless of the significance of Columbus's unwitting discovery, Indigenous People were already living on the land he found; their ancestors were the true discoverers of the "New World". It is time to remember their discoveries and struggles to survive in an age of colonial imperialism and holocaust. To honor the Indigenous and remember those who suffered and died due to imperial conquest, we must replace Columbus Day with a new federal holiday, Indigenous People’s Day.
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