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Minneapolis changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day


The second Monday in October will now be referred to as “Indigenous People’s Day,” rather than Columbus Day, on all official city communications in Minneapolis following a unanimous City Council vote on Friday morning.

The resolution brought hundreds of people to City Hall to commemorate the vote, which Native American activists have been seeking for many years.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Clyde Bellecourt, a civil rights organizer. “For me, it’s been almost 50 years that we’ve been talking about this pirate.”

The language of the resolution notes that the federal government, state government and city government still recognize Columbus Day “in accordance with the federal holiday established in 1937.” City attorney Susan Segal said some ordinances and collective bargaining agreements — not to mention a few parking meters — still mention Columbus Day.

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