Phoenix, AZ and Vermont Observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day

HeadlineOct 10, 2016

And Phoenix, Arizona, has become the largest U.S. city to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Phoenix joins a growing list of cities including Denver, Seattle, Minneapolis and Albuquerque. In Vermont, Governor Peter Shumlin issued a statewide proclamation making the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Columbus Day has long evoked sadness and anger among Native Americans, who object to honoring a man who opened the door to European colonization, the exploitation of native peoples and the slave trade.

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