Today, Columbus Day is not celebrated at all. But numerous cities and states have ditched celebrating it since 1992, when Berkeley, Calif., became the first city to rename the holiday "Indigenous Peoples Day" in favor of recognizing Native Americans.
As residents of this nation, we all must reconcile with the violent past that is entombed within American history - lest we forget, only to repeat our violent indiscretions.
Most libraries shut down for Columbus Day. The states of Alaska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Vermont, and OR and cities like Austin, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and over 50 others have all dropped Columbus Day references and replaced the holiday with Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since the 1930s, but as of 2015, less than half of USA states had moved to give their employees a paid day off on the day.
"Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions - even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity".
"As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers", he wrote.
Since 1971, presidents have traditionally written a proclamation for every second Monday of October. Public schools in Columbus are open on both Columbus Day and Veterans Day, according to the school district's calendar. Because it's not always clear what banks are open and closed on Columbus Day, it's best to check your bank's website or give a call to your local bank branch to see if it's open. The Columbus Day Italian Parade still continued as usual Sunday. Indigenous people had been living there for centuries by the time Columbus arrived in 1492.
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Tower Grove Park Executive Director Bill Reininger says this park Is one of only 7 others in the country to have status as a "National Historic Landmark" because of its architecture, statues and other art.
Contino believes the city was just trying to play it safe.
A wholesale replacement of Columbus Day with one celebrating indigenous peoples in Pennsylvania is unlikely, to say the least.
"If you're mayor of a city and its name is Columbus, why wouldn't you capitalize on that?"
Oh, and Obama also acknowledged that Columbus' "discovery" of the Bahamas was a mistake, something Trump would never do because his favorite defense is claiming "I meant to do that all along" and then blaming the media for blowing the thing out of proportion. "Use this day to celebrate the entire culture, celebrate Italians and indigenous both". In South Dakota, the observance is called Native American Day. 'Columbus should take pride in its diversity and the cultural richness that's been growing.