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"We should honor the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands that also became known as the Americas and celebrate their contributions", said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her proclamation for October 14, 2019. "Kill the Indian in him, and save the man".

A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples' Day as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the percentage of indigenous peoples in the population in countries of the Americas. "However, the reality of his time in the Americas and his intentional role in terrorizing the native peoples he came in contact with can not be ignored".

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As for me, I don't like celebrations and I'm retired, so every day is just another holiday.

According to, Columbus forced some native people to convert to Christianity, enslaved others, and introduced foreign disease to the people of America. Berkeley has since replaced its commemoration of Columbus with a celebration of indigenous people. Their first recommendation was "to observe October 12, the day of so-called "discovery" of America, as an International Day of Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas".

On Sept. 26, the Detroit City Council adopted a resolution to recognize Detroit's original name - Waawiyatanong (Waa-wiya-ta-nong) - on Indigenous Peoples' Day. It is not a public holiday in some states, including California, Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii.

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Shawna Patterson-Stephens, associate vice chancellor for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, said the University has not recognized Columbus Day as a holiday.

But you'll also find commemorations in less likely places. "Quite a few people talked about how much it meant to them personally as Native Americans or from a historical perspective, that Columbus did a lot of bad things even for that time period". Its resolution, which passed unanimously, encouraged schools and businesses to "recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day in partnership with local Native Nations".

Like many other European explorers, Columbus came across many indigenous people throughout his exploration of the New World. Read the original article.

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