Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Indigenous People's Day in Fargo

Indigenous People's Day in Fargo

During four trips that started in 1492, Columbus arrived on the Caribbean islands now known as the Bahamas.

The young students learn about the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

Columbus Day is arguably the most divisive of all federal holidays. Columbus Day is a day that we've chosen to celebrate who we are.

President Donald Trump broke with recent White House tradition and offered no words of condolences for the genocide of Native Americans while proclaiming Christopher Columbus day. This year, it falls on Monday, October 9, 2017. It joined cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Denver.

What do Greater Lowell Italians think about this push across the country?

SOUTHINGTON- On this Columbus Day, many are upset over statues of the famed, but controversial explorer around the state. Parking at city meters is free just like they are on other holidays. "We celebrate all the positive things that he did".

As our view of Columbus' story has changed, so has the way we see today's holiday. They want to take away peoples' heritage.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents who said they were Catholic, or 65 percent, expressed a "favorable" or "very favorable" opinion of Columbus and the national holiday that honors him. Some Columbus statues have been vandalized and destroyed over the years. Other Maine communities joined in this year; Bar Harbor is considering the change. "This official designation is merely one way we as a state can come together, and acknowledge and celebrate the monumental contributions made by First Peoples throughout history", Walker wrote in a statement.

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Columbus' first voyage to the Americas is also celebrated in Spain, Italy and many Latin American nations. "He's not an appropriate hero", Munro said.

"He didn't discover anything, and him and his men committed horrific actions", she added. "It doesn't recognize and we don't speak about the impact that contact had on the indigenous people of our nation", said Darlene Trigg with the Social Justice Task Force in Nome.

Nearly all schools are open on Columbus Day.

Some local Italians beg to differ.

"There are a lot of inaccuracies in our history", Green said. He stressed that Columbus had a significant impact on trade and commerce in the Americas, "opening up the gateway".

"The implementation of Indigenous Peoples' Day shows that these changes can happen, and people can become educated about the truth", Frazer said.

He said: 'The conversation is Columbus.

I brought up recently that November is Native American Heritage month and asked friends what they'd like to know more of when it comes to Native American culture. A day in his honor celebrates "the beginning of cultural exchange between America and Europe", according to the Order of Sons of Italy in America. "It's the same thing".

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