Arizona Indigenous Peoples' Caucus call for abolishing Columbus Day, replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day

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Legacy of Columbus is one of violence and genocide for Indigenous people across the world

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Arizona Indigenous Peoples' Caucus

Ahead of President Trump’s visit to Arizona, and amidst new calls for justice from the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Arizona Indigenous People’s Caucus is calling to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with an Indigenous People’s Day in Arizona and nationwide.

“Today as President Trump brings his violent and divisive rhetoric to Arizona, the Indigenous People’s Caucus is calling for an end to the violent and divisive legacy of Christopher Columbus in our state and our country. The legacy of Columbus is one of violence and genocide for Indigenous people across the world. Having a state and federal holiday in honor of him is shameful and aggravates memories of deep, generational pain for Native Americans.

We are in a moment of historic social upheaval and demands for justice. Just as we see the Black Lives Matter movement toppling monuments to the Confederacy, it is also time to topple the monument to Christopher Columbus, and replace October 12th as Indigenous People’s Day in Arizona and the United States.

Arizona is a unique state built upon the sacred homelands of our Indigenous people. We have a long way to go to rectify the injustice done to Indigenous people, but abolishing Columbus Day is the first step on the path to healing our pain.”

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Comments (4)
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rnf
rnf

I love my Italo-American friends, but Columbus was not a nice guy, to put it mildly. Indigenous People's Day is a just and long overdue acknowledgement of what happened to Native Peoples when the Euros arrived. (Some of my own ancestors were among the very first English to arrive.) I have learned how devastating the pestilence brought from Europe was. Sadly, I do not know how that could have been prevented. But the oppression, genocide and further racism had no excuse from a group that professed to love Jesus. The Church today needs to be part of the remediation for many reasons, but the greatest is that you are our neighbors who are suffering injustice when we could remedy many problems. On a more positive note, I was happy to learn today that a Native person has just been elected to a prominent position in the Presbyterian Church USA. As a Christian, you have my support for the on-going work.

KATG
KATG

Our history books and classes whitened the story of Columbus and many others. They were ashamed to tell the truth.

MarieMercado
MarieMercado

Yes, he was a MOOR, supposedly ((Or Marrano). Either way, many people owe apologies to ALL Natives of the Americas. I have a petition on change.org to add curriculum courses of the history of the Indigenous people of the “Americas.” Please sign my petition and be blessed!

MarieMercado
MarieMercado

Can we change Thanksgiving too?


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