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Columbus Day versus Indigenoius Peoples' Day

KIMT gets perspective from the Native American Center of Southeast Minnesota about the holiday.

Posted: Oct 8, 2018 11:37 PM

KIMT NEWS 3 - Columbus Day is recognized as a federal holiday, but it's not a state holiday in Iowa or Minnesota.

It falls on the second Monday of October.

In many communities, the holiday is being reclaimed as Indigenous Peoples' Day. Many believe Columbus Day honors the mass genocide and colonization of Native Americans, who lived in the Americas long before Columbus in 1942.

James Wilson is the chairman of the Native American Center of Southeast Minnesota. He tells KIMT he was adopted and raised by a Native American family, and doesn't have strong feelings about either holiday as long as history is portrayed accurately.

"We try not to put blame on anything. So I can't blame Columbus for all the aftermath that happened. I can blame him for what he did, or what he didn't do."

For the first time this year, Columbus, Ohio - which is named after Christopher Columbus, has even called off its observance of the holiday that honors the explorer.

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