Red Wing, not Mpls, is first MN city to scrap Columbus Day

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Red Wing no longer recognizes Columbus at all. Minneapolis didn't go quite as far.
The Minneapolis City Council recently approved a resolution renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day on all officials city communication.

Minneapolis hasn't scrapped Columbus Day altogether, though. Going forward, the city will jointly recognize Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October, as that allows the city to avoid the trouble of having to rewrite city contracts that make specific reference to the controversial federal holiday.

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That said, on Monday, the city of Red Wing became the first in the state to officially do away with Columbus Day altogether, as the resolution approved by the City Council there redesignates the holiday as Chief Red Wing Day.

Red Wing's push to scrap Columbus Day was largely the work of Scott Bender, a 50-year-old high school history and social studies teacher who serves on the city's Human Rights Commission.

Earlier this year, Bender put together a resolution that would've renamed Columbus Day as First Peoples Day, but the City Council opted for Chief Red Wing Day, citing the fact the town is named after the Sioux chief.

"We have our Prairie Island Indian Community whose tribal council was dead set that if it changed it should be Chief Red Wing Day and the City Council voted to do that," Bender tells us. "It's pretty specific to Red Wing, but in the end I'm pleased they had the guts to go the whole way with it. Red Wing is the first city in the state to vote not to observe [Columbus Day] locally."

Though the Red Wing City Council considered modifying Bender's proposal to model it after the sort of joint observance that will be happening in Minneapolis, they decided to do away with it altogether after Mayor Daniel Bender spoke out forcefully against Christopher Columbus during Monday's meeting.

"From what I've read about Columbus I don't understand why we're celebrating Christopher Columbus day, and I think redesignating is the right move and I'm glad to hear the council is considering that," the mayor said.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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27 comments
Erik Skelton
Erik Skelton

And since he didn't really "discover" the Americas anyways.

Jason Boyd
Jason Boyd

Now that this urgent matter is taken care of... How many hungry mouths aren't going to eat again tonight in this state?

Mary King
Mary King

Thank you Matt Quinn, Julie Quinn, Hannah Quinn, Colin Quinn, Bill Autrey!

Brandon Peterson
Brandon Peterson

Ryan Feiner still praises Columbus any chance he gets...butters and him started a cult

Mark Booth
Mark Booth

How about a focus on important issues geez

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Columbus Day is a Federal government Holiday. Shall we also remove those city employees' paid holiday?

Erik Unstad
Erik Unstad

And exactly what part of my post insinuates that I'm going to/am crying? I know you must have tried really hard to be an internet troll, but I'm sorry to tell you, you failed. It was a valiant effort though, so at least you have that

Dave Salmonson
Dave Salmonson

I think Erik's lip is quivering, he's gonna cry. Cry baby, cry.

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

You mean you can't discover something that's already existing...who knew...lol

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

Columbus was not only a fraud, he never even set foot up here so it's pointless to acknowledge him. He didn't even discover america at that...it's not about reverse racism or any of that bs it's about correcting history.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

No Columbus Day means one less day to hold a mattress sale.

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

Finally! Start teaching the truth in schools now

Erik Unstad
Erik Unstad

So you're saying Red Wing has its own PC Hurt Feelings Squad too?

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Several states have done this already, get with it Minnesota.

GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

This doesn't make sense. Since C.D. is a federal holiday, aren't public employees still going to get a paid holiday? I guess they can call it a mental health sabbatical.

Jonathan David
Jonathan David

Leif landed first, anyway. Columbus was just the guy who made it mainstream.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

About time. Celebrating murder and conquest is antiquated.

eddogg67
eddogg67

Exactly. It's all smoke and mirrors that have no real effect except to make these "do gooders" feel good.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@eddogg67 Considering that Red Wing is rich in Native American culture this move makes a lot of sense.

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