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  • Today is Columbus Day, the day Americans are supposed to celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called New World. But some have renamed this day Indigenous People’s Day to shed light on how Columbus’s voyage led to the destruction of Indian life and culture on this continent through brutal violence, colonization, disease, enslavement and rape. In recent years, a handful of historians have deconstructed the myth of...
    Oct 14, 1996 | Story
  • The leader of the movement to look at history from the perspective of people of color and the powerless in our society is Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to the Present. In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, we now bring you an excerpt of a speech by Howard Zinn. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 14, 1996 | Story
  • Perhaps no other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. His book, A People’s History of the United States, has gone into more than 25 printings and sold over 400,000 copies. It is rare that a historian of popular movements has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his writing and teaching style from being anything but direct, forthright and accessible....
    Oct 13, 1997 | Story
  • Indigenous Hondurans today are sentencing Christopher Columbus for crimes against indigenous Americans, 506 years after his so-called discovery of the continent. The indigenous activists in July began a mock trial of Columbus on charges of genocide and robbery, resulting from the 1492 beginnings of the colonization of the Americas. An estimated 1000 Indians blocked access to Mayan ruins and other tourist sites this weekend as part of the...
    Oct 12, 1998 | Story
  • It may officially be Columbus Day in many other parts of the country today, but South Dakotans are observing Native American Day, with several celebrations planned around the state. The holiday was started in 1990 by the late Governor George S. Mickelson in an effort to improve relations between whites and Native Americans.
    Oct 11, 1999 | Story
  • As the country marked Columbus Day, the day that celebrates Christopher Columbus’ "discovery" of America, Native Americans continue their protest. This weekend in Denver more than 140 people were arrested for blocking a Columbus Day parade while in Washington State, Yakama Nation leaders are asking the US attorney in Spokane to enforce an 1830’s federal law prohibiting the sale of liquor on Indian land.
    Oct 09, 2000 | Story
  • Today is known as Columbus Day–we take a look at why some people are not commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called "new world." [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 10, 2005 | Story
  • Monday is known as Columbus Day, which is supposed to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called "new world" in 1492. But the holiday has long caused anger amongst people of color, especially Native Americans, who object to honoring a man who opened the door to European colonization, the exploitation of native peoples and the slave trade. We talk to Glenn Morris of the American Indian Movement of Colorado and...
    Oct 06, 2006 | Story
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    In a Democracy Now! special, an hour of conversation and music with Cree Indian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. In the turbulent 1960s, she was just out of college but already famous for her beautiful voice and moving lyrics in songs like "Universal Soldier" and "Now that the Buffalo’s Gone." Over the years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has worked with the American Indian Movement, but also with Sesame Street, and even...
    Oct 12, 2009 | Story
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    As the nation commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called "New World" in 1492, indigenous activists at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, are pushing for schools to teach the "real history of the Americas" and to celebrate indigenous culture. "Columbus Day" has long evoked sadness and anger amongst people of color, especially Native Americans, who object to honoring a man who opened the...
    Oct 08, 2012 | Story