Petition District 225 to recognize October 14th as "Indigenous Peoples' Day"

Petition District 225 to recognize October 14th as "Indigenous Peoples' Day"

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Jordan Dahiya started this petition to The Board of District 225 and

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue."

It's a rhyme we teach our young children, and will remember far into adulthood: the story of how Columbus discovered America. 

Oh wait, but he didn't.

Na·tive
/ˈnādiv/
noun
noun: native; plural noun: natives
of the indigenous inhabitants of a place.

Columbus thought he'd found the Indies - so, upon seeing the natives, (definition above), he decided he'd call them "Indians." But is that very sentence not paradoxical to the nature of Columbus Day? While we claim to celebrate the explorer who found America, there were already an indigenous people living here.

So Columbus didn't discover America. What's the big deal? Why bother changing a holiday, a tradition, that celebrates new beginnings and a symbolic discovery of such a great country. Well, I'll tell you the problem. 

Not only did Columbus not discover America, he wreaked havoc on the entire existing race of Native Americans - subjecting them to foreign disease, rape, slavery, etc.. And as a country, what have we done to repair these terrible beginnings? Nothing. 

So as a country, where do we start? 

We start by actively choosing NOT to participate in a holiday that glorifies a man who catalyzed a culture of rape and terror in America. We choose to celebrate our native tribes - of whom I belong to - and find ways to join arms as a nation, united as one people.

That's a big task - I get it. But it starts locally, and it starts now.

District 225 - I ask you to stop ostracizing an entire race with your choice to recognize Columbus Day, and instead recognize the beauty and long list of contributions within the indigenous communities still here today. Foster inclusivity. Do better.

Respectfully,

Jordan

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