Even More Cities Join Movement to Rename "Columbus Day" to "Indigenous Peoples' Day"Quicklink submitted By Rob Kall Permalink
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Seven more cities make the change.
The trend of cities renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day is spreading across the United States.
Berkeley, California, was the first city to do so in 1992. Seattle and Minneapolis followed its lead in October 2014, generating the movement's current momentum. Since then, seven more cities — including Lawrence, Kansas, on Tuesday, and Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday — and one county in Texas, as of Tuesday, have joined their ranks.
Activists campaigning for the change are fighting for a history in which Christopher Columbus, who the day conventionally commemorates, is not painted as a bold explorer to be celebrated, but rather as a war criminal who oversaw the genocide and enslavement of the Native American population.