Minneapolis changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

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The city of Minneapolis will no longer just celebrate Christopher Columbus on the second Monday in October.
:::: UPDATE :::: Red Wing, not Mpls, is first MN city to scrap Columbus Day

Columbus Day is no more in Minneapolis, sort of.

This morning, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a resolution that renames Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day on all official city communications.

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Minneapolis is the first city in the state to redesignate Columbus Day. As we reported in February, the city of Red Wing's Human Rights Commission drafted a resolution to rename the holiday as First Peoples Day, but it hasn't yet been approved by the City Council there.

Unlike the Red Wing resolution, the one approved today by the Minneapolis City Council doesn't trash Christopher Columbus. Instead, it recognizes "the annexation of Dakota homelands for the building of our city" and says, "Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Dakota, Ojibwe, and other Indigenous nations add to our city."

It should be noted that the city hasn't totally gotten rid of Columbus Day. The official federal holiday will still be recognized in Minneapolis, albeit jointly with Indigenous Peoples Day from now on. City staff says joint recognition mitigates the trouble that could be involved in having to rewrite union contracts that specify Columbus Day as an officially recognized holiday. 

Here's the full resolution:

Mpls Indigenous Peoples Day



City Council's effort was led by first-term Council Member Alondra Cano, who didn't respond to two voicemails and an email seeking comment.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Kate Brickman, spokesperson for Mayor Betsy Hodges, sent us this statement on the mayor's behalf:
This act recognizes and celebrates the native people who still live on this land. I am honored to have signed the resolution this morning, as I promised I would during my campaign, recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day and honoring the history, culture, and resiliency of the people who originally inhabited our country and our city. I am grateful to the community for organizing to make this a reality and am looking forward to the even stronger relationships we will build moving forward.
h/t -- Eric Roper

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mike17northstar
mike17northstar

I question the motivation here. First of all to blanket the Columbus is a statement in itself. There are always questionable and conflicting historical facts which are constantly changing and most of these are in the opinion of the reporter. Having said that, the truth will never really be known.

It really blows me away however that the native peoples representitives that are pushing to desicate Culumbus as the father of slavery, murder, and the reason for the native people horrible fate is beyond Hypocritical and is an example of cherry picking and diversion.

First of all modern natives are not living the life of their ansesters at all. They are living the European lifestyle with all the anemities.Casinos ect; 2nd I would like to point out that the European-natives who claim native status are delusional in thinking that their 1/8 of native blood line makes them a native person, and they know why. Because their ansesters (english,irish,Scottish)murdered,raped,and stole or swindled the natives out of north america. By the way, quite larger than a couple of islands. And this is why they demonise Culumbus to divert attention from themselves. Its quite amusing if it wasn't so wrong hearted.

The claim Leif Ericsson discovered America is laughable because it is a story,a longtail,you know like a fish story. No historical evidence. I understand why the north Europeans need to have this proud moment but the underlining bigoted toward southern Europeans is obvious.

The reason the U.S. government decided to make Culumbus day a holiday was because of the way Italian imagrants were treated in the U.S. And I find it hypocritical of the natives who were treated badly to accept taking something away from some people who had no direct involvement in something they had nothing to with. If you want to make a statement, why not go after Thankgiving holiday? How about other holidays which I shouldn't mention?

My grandmothers family was from Sicily. She had light hair and green-blues eyes. Do you know why? The Vikings raided,piliged,murdered the men,and raped the women 1000 years ago.

And Minnesota has the audacity to allow Minnesota's football team to Idolize the Vikings crimes throughout the world. But you will not have an Italian propose a change or crying about fairness. You can have your empty promises and phony Holidays...

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

Minneapolis didn't change it, a bunch of politically correct, pandering, brain dead politicians did. If they don't like Columbus just get rid of the 'holiday' , the Post Office doesn't need another paid day off.

myronpaine
myronpaine

Why did the 17th century English hide the LOK MAP, remove the Norse names in NORUMBEGA, and accept the myth that “Columbus was first?” 


Because the bogus RIGHTS of DISCOVERY for America was a prize worth a few deliberate lies.


Pre-Columbus America has many plausible histories supported by physical evidence.  The Norse Catholics is one plausible history. The Norse Catholic rowed through out North America before the Little Ice Age,


The Norse Catholics called themselves “Lenape.” “Lenape” means to “abide with the pure.”


The Norse Catholic history is now suppressed knowledge the 17th century English did not want students to learn.


So the “Columbus was first” paradigm pre-empted serious study of the evidence of other plausible histories. Consequently early American history, as taught, is a profound distortion of the true pre-Columbian America.


 The existence of Norse Catholics in America has been obscured. The existence of Christian morals among American Indians has been denied.


The 17th century English in America used extermination to resolve contested issues like control of land.  The 17th and 18th English exterminated Norse Catholics, who had settled on the land along the coast before the English arrived. 


Then, when the king of England became Catholic again, the English in America used the “Columbus was first” myth to cover up the fact that the exterminated Norse Catholics had been on the land first.


The 17th century English also lied about the “pagan savages” to erase knowledge of the Norse Catholics. “Pagan Savage” was the paradigm in the heads of the men, who pulled the triggers on the guns that won the west.


The LENAPE HISTORY: LENAPE LAND is a plausible history, which was created in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.   The Lenape history has many links to physical evidence, and with correlation to Vatican, Norwegian, Spanish, and English histories.


Englishmen, who used guns to exterminate peaceable Norse Catholics, founded the United States.  Teachers, who teach, “Columbus was first,” are covering the reputations of 17th century exterminators.

Heather Gilsrud
Heather Gilsrud

While I think there might be some more pressing issues to be concerned with, this change doesn't bother me. Columbus was not a nice man.

Jacquie Marx
Jacquie Marx

Oh god this. The bigots will wake up soon to destroy this thread.

David G Steenhoek
David G Steenhoek

Now if they could just stop teaching in schools that he discovered America. That's the next step...

dmeister357
dmeister357

I'm impartial to this change... I celebrate Leif Erikson day.

Willy Hutchins
Willy Hutchins

Religion is poison... Holidays just sweeten the taste...

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

Lol, cya! And see ya later to the holiday celebrating a man highly responsible for transatlantic salve trade. Not to mention this "federal holiday" was created to support a Catholic agenda and began in 1930.

Cheri Amos
Cheri Amos

Life is way too short for this. It is a Federal holiday. Minneapolis has zero control of that. The state did not celebrate it and schools stayed open. The natives trekked over the Bering Strait. Humans discovered America. Many navigated the seas in search and exploration. Suddenly it is racial. So sick of living here!

Bryce Otter Larson
Bryce Otter Larson

Louie Lu Lettuce believing Columbus deserves a holiday is ass backwards

Maria Samudio
Maria Samudio

Finally acknowledged that Columbus didn't discover America. The Indigenous people were already here.

Larry Folz
Larry Folz

As a Native...not you European bastards...

jessieh_echs
jessieh_echs

I like it. It honors the natives. Christopher Columbus was a tyrant, held slaves, dismembered natives bodies if they resisted, etc. It is like having a Henry VIII day.

Anna Gonzalez
Anna Gonzalez

No im talking about Columbus... He even wrote in his own journal that he was prostituting little girls, that the highest in demand was 9 and 10 yr olds. One of his men documented how Columbus ordered his soldiers to dismember slaves if they didnt work hard enough and cut the legs off children who would try to run away.

Dean Discher
Dean Discher

This is another good idea! Good going Sue.

Dean Discher
Dean Discher

I think I'm just old fashioned, but this is too much.

Kevin Partlow
Kevin Partlow

Next since god created earth, they will want to change the name of earth since its not their god. Since they want to change Columbus day let's change the name of America to crackheadwhinersville.

Sue Grabowski
Sue Grabowski

We are still purposefully putting people in separate groups. We are all equally different. I say eliminate all these special days and just celebrate humanity. Period.

Kevin Partlow
Kevin Partlow

Call it what you want. Will always be Columbus Day to me. Politically correct people annoy me.

Erin Michele
Erin Michele

If you think Columbus is a person to be celebrated, then you need to learn some history.

Skip Symanski
Skip Symanski

A very stupid, self serving bunch of liberal idiots.

Kala Hope Pederson
Kala Hope Pederson

Seriously if we could all stop fighting over days n things that in the past that we cannot change MAYBE one day we could focus on our future n make sure that our next generations build a better stronger society for all of us. While we need to remember and learn from our pasts to build a bright future we shouldn't be owned by them no one lives there anymore. I agree with changing Columbus day. What he did was awful n Americas values werent founded on mass murder. However! Fighting over a decision that's already made n done and really for the better is just useless and mentally draining. Let's focus on the more pressing issues and maybe we might actually get somewhere with our bitching.

Dan Jones
Dan Jones

The only problem is that there are NO "indigenous"/"native" peoples in North America. EVERYONE here came from someplace else.

Myron Gethmann
Myron Gethmann

glad to hear this, keep the movement going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Albert Matt
Albert Matt

Healing from what? Those people already get a govt check it help with healing. Besides, why should ones relatives get a check for something they didnt earn? Just because you had the fortune or misfortune to be born into a certain class of people shouldnt make you anymore special than one that wasnt.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Speaking of "brain dead," the Post Office gets the day off because it's a Federal holiday. Whether Minneapolis renames the holiday or not, the Post Office will still get the day off. Nothing has changed there.  P.S. How could Columbus have discovered America when there were people already living here? Also, Leif Ericson was here several centuries earlier.  Head on over to the state Capitol Building sometime and see whose statue is next to it.

TruDat
TruDat

The Indians were also not nice. They fought FOR the British, scalped white men and sold white women as sex slaves to the Mexicans. But, I don't expect this truth to pass the PC moderator.

myronpaine
myronpaine

The 17th century English, who advocated the Columbus was First myth were also not nice people.

myronpaine
myronpaine

Teachers, who teach, “Columbus was first,” are covering the reputations of 17th century exterminators.

JillianB
JillianB

So, let me get this straight...you really believe that your make-believe god named the planet? Seriously? To quote the old folks, if that don't beat all...

No, really...even if you DO believe in god and the bible and all that hoody-hoo-you think that through all the language changes and translations the name "earth" is the original syllable god was thinking as he shaped his little globes and stars...really? Really?


RichHomie
RichHomie

It's not about PC, it's about not giving a day to a dude who was actually a total asshole.

thall51
thall51

Kala - this is changing and looking towards the future in all honesty.  I mean the human has been on earth more then six thousand years, Jesus is not white, and well church and state did try and eliminate the 1st. Nation Peoples for land and resources they wanted.  It's our history.  It's truth and well it has the possibility of moving in a more honest way through to the future..

moor_money
moor_money

That's not true. There are still natives here and they are the "African American" people. We have always been in North America, well before the recognized Native Americans and of course the Europeans.

Khaleesi22
Khaleesi22

Its called intergenerational trauma. Native people were subjected to horrible things from Europeans/Americans/Canadians and of course it affected them. Take the Residential Schools for example, the government and church kidnapped thousands of children from their homes in order to disconnect them from their culture through essentially physical, mental and sexual abuse as well as making them shameful of their culture/religion.

How would those children grow up? With many problems which would affect them for life, those who were abused would probably have turned to alcohol or drugs which they hadn't been around before. If they had families they wouldn't know how to raise them because they weren't raised by their parents, but by the schools (the nuns and priests who abused them). Does that not create a cycle where their children would see the drugs, alcohol and abuse and think that's normal? Smarten up.

GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

@MNjoe That just goes to show, since it's a Federal holiday, what a bunch of politically correct, pandering, brain dead politicians Minneapolis voters keep electing. 

BTW: get off your high-horse, I never said Columbus discovered America.

welcometothepublicat
welcometothepublicat

@moor_money  Dan Jones You are standing In the North Gate aka West Africa aka Al Moracco aka U.S.A.! Yeesh! Is everyone Naive today

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@GretavonOtto @MNjoe  I don't own a horse and if you don't like living in Democratic, Progressive Minneapolis, take your whiny ass down to Alabama or Mississippi - I'm sure you'll feel more at home. 

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