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Minneapolis changes Columbus Day to 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

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No more Columbus Day in MinneapolisMinneapolis City Council voted unanimously to join several other municipalities and states in protesting the celebration of Columbus Day.

Instead, the Minnesota city will celebrate Indigenous People's Day to "reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Dakota, Ojibwa and other indigenous nations add to our city."

Opposition to celebrating Columbus Day, which falls officially on October 12 (but is celebrated in the U.S. on the second Monday of the month), comes from the cruel treatment of Native Americans at the hand of Christopher Columbus and the Europeans that followed him to the New World.

“We are sending a signal across the nation and to the global community that we make these changes in the spirit of truth-telling,” Council Member Alondra Cano said ahead of the Council meeting.

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