Los Angeles Replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 30th, 2017 Blog


Exciting news out of Los Angeles! On Wednesday the city council there voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. They join other cities across the United States like Seattle, Minneapolis, Berkeley and Santa Cruz who feel that celebrating Columbus, known for violence and cruelty against the Indigenous people he came in contact with, is uncalled for.

On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, the city council there voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. They join other cities across the United States like Seattle, Minneapolis, Berkeley and Santa Cruz who feel that celebrating Columbus, known for violence and cruelty against the Indigenous people he came in contact with, is uncalled for.

Many Native American and supporters were in Los Angeles to celebrate the city council's vote today. Here



Here is just one of many videos that were recorded live:

The state of California hasn't celebrated Columbus Day as a state holiday since Schwarzenegger was governor, although his elimination of the holiday was a budget-saving measure versus a moral one. Los Angeles city workers had continued to get a paid day off regardless of the state elimination.



About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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