Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

No Columbus Day in Columbus, Ohio? City says it can't afford one

No Columbus Day in Columbus, Ohio? City says it can't afford one

On what has traditionally been Columbus Day - the second Monday in October - numerous cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Nashville and Santa Fe, New Mexico recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, amid growing criticism of a failure to recognized Native American's history and contribution.

While Columbus Day is still a holiday, there are some states that do not celebrate or acknowledge the day. The mayor's office has said this decision is not connected to the nationwide movement to rename Columbus Day as "Indigenous Peoples Day" because of Columbus's enslavement and exploitation of native people. The other two are Presidents' Day and Veterans Day. "We thought that was something that was important".

The park does have security, but for the past three years, the statute has been vandalized especially around Columbus Day.

The celebration of Columbus Day, held on the second Monday of every October, has become growingly contested in recent years, with more US cities choosing to honor the nation's indigenous people with their own day, which has been recognized by the United Nations since 1994. Most non-government businesses are open like usual on Columbus Day, and their employees have to work like it's any other day.

Columbus has been somewhat of a divisive figure, and the day named in his honor has been the subject of much debate. "The fact that the city of Columbus is taking action is a victory for everyone".

Native Americans and allied groups have long used Columbus Day to elevate issues of concern to them.

In the late 1970s, activists introduced the idea of replacing Columbus Day with one celebrating indigenous peoples.

AmeriFlora's opening ceremony was attended by was attended by President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, entertainer Bob Hope, Ohio Gov. George V. Voinovich and Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka among many others. According to the book "Columbus: The Story of a City" by historian Ed Lentz, the state lawmaker who lived in that area simply admired Columbus and persuaded fellow lawmakers that his name would make a good name for the capital. States who instead observe Indigenous Peoples' or Native Americans' Day include Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont and South Dakota, who were the first to do so in 1990. The Columbus Day Italian Parade still continued as usual Sunday. Joseph Contino, board member of the Columbus Italian Festival, told the Associated Press. In September of this year, the House also adopted a resolution that recognizes October as Indigenous Peoples' Month, and the week after the second Monday as Indigenous Peoples' Week.

Courts are closed on Columbus Day.

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