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Group to gather at Columbus statue downtown for 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

10 October, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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"Columbus was controversial and he had his dark side, as many figures in history, but taking the statue down will cause a lot of division", Albanese said. They say no one spoke out against it at that time.

Landing of Columbus, (1847) by American painter John Vanderlyn, shows the explorer arriving in the West Indies on October 12, 1492.

"This land that all of us inhabit is stolen land - stolen from the indigenous people who were slaughtered and forced onto reservations", Assemblyman Charles Barron told The Post, adding "they should be recognized in replace of Columbus Day". Several cities celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Thirteen years later, in 1990, the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Ecuador passed a resolution changing Columbus Day into a celebration of Native Americans.

After Berkeley first began celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day, the states of Minnesota, Vermont and Alaska have followed suit, while South Dakota celebrates Native American Day.

"The implementation of Indigenous Peoples' Day has created feelings of pride, heritage and education about what truly happened (because of) Columbus", Frazer said.

"The one argument that has absolutely no validity is that simply because a monument has been standing for a long time, it is "a part of history" and therefore can never be changed", he said.

"AFN is greatly heartened by the outpouring of support from Alaskans in making Indigenous Peoples Day permanent".

"Columbus Day is a day that we've chosen to celebrate who we are", Basil Russo, president of the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America, told the Associated Press in NY where 35,000 people marched in a Columbus Day parade.

Obama also mentioned Native Americans in 2014, proclaiming, "we also recognize the suffering inflicted upon Native Americans and we recommit to strengthening tribal sovereignty and maintaining our strong ties".

It has been tradition for years to celebrate their nationality on Columbus Day, stressed Tony Ippolito.

A group is gathering tomorrow at Columbus Circle to celebrate the Onondaga Nation and other indigenous people around the world.

Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe, said historical accuracy is important.

"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

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