Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day: Monday's holiday observed in different ways

A total of 13 states do not celebrate Columbus Day, and South Dakota officially celebrates Native American Day.

News 12 Staff

Oct 12, 2020, 2:30 PM

Updated 1,378 days ago

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Monday's holiday is observed by some as Columbus Day and others as Indigenous Peoples Day, reigniting the debate over what to call the holiday and who it celebrates.
It is officially recognized by the federal government as Columbus Day, while some prefer to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. Columbus Day was made an official federal holiday in 1966, but it became controversial 11 years later when an international nonprofit started a push to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day.
That movement has grown stronger since, convincing some localities like Berkeley, California and Los Angeles to rename or cancel Columbus Day.
A total of 13 states do not celebrate Columbus Day, and South Dakota officially celebrates Native American Day.
Recently, there’s been a movement to remove statues of Columbus, including one in Mount Kisco, because some say Columbus is known for acts of violence.
Andre DiMino, with the Italian American One Voice Coalition, disputes the claims made that has made the holiday controversial.
“All of these atrocities that they’re pinning on Columbus are just not true" says DiMino. "The reputable facts… you’ll see all of these things they’re saying about Columbus are totally extorted and people should really check what the valid facts are about Columbus.”
In Mount Kisco, the Columbus statue remains standing. Across the street is one of a Native American as well.


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