Christopher Columbus has never been anyone worthy of honor. The Spaniards, in contrast, had abandoned the goal of living peacefully and sustainably in their own European lands. Thus began a cycle of destruction that continues in innumerable forms.
There is no question that Columbus' arrival in the New World under the sponsorship of Spain was bad for the indigenous people of Hispaniola, the island he colonized that is now split between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. All for gold and wealth.
None of Michigan's 15 public universities officially recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day, but groups held marches or celebrations marking the day at Michigan State, Grand Valley, and Northern Michigan University.
Event leaders instructed attendees to pick up square cutouts and put them together like puzzle pieces to form the completed version of the map.
In contrast, the colonial nations' primary concern for the past 525 years has been extraction of wealth. The story goes that it took several attempts to find and save the injured "on the third time we succeed we bring him back". As the All Nations Children dance group performed - with more than 25 children singing and dancing in unison - the rest of the room cheered and recorded on their phones. We've been meaning to celebrate properly, but we did not have much time to relax because we were in the middle of planning our events. "We're on that path to justice", said Almanza. "Some of us chose to take up the banner and made a decision to a fight for him right here in town and we met monthly for nearly a year, and we couldn't be more excited that Oberlin Council unanimously agreed to abolish Columbus Day". His army was also responsible of the mass genocide of thousands of Native Americans.
Council member Mitch O'Farrell handed out book marks to students at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts.
To be sure, Native Americans have legitimate reason to object to the holiday, as well as the monuments. "They do those deeds for us; they nurture us", said Moore, chair of Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogues and Organizing Support. Above all, it is a day to honor the First Nations of America. It joined cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Denver, which had previously booted Columbus in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. For now they will keep moving forward, fighting for Indigenous Peoples' Day to be recognized on both the state and federal levels.
"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". In the Indian Market, shoppers interact with Native vendors of handmade products, crafts and art.
Efforts to pass a similar resolution failed in Oklahoma City in 2015 and 2016.
"People were just walking around by the center, and I think a lot of people didn't even know it was Indigenous Peoples Day".
'It is a history that we must recognize as we week to build a brighter future - side by side and with cooperation and mutual respect, ' the Democrat said.