City Council will not rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

Sep 02, 2017 1182

BY: Gina Ender

Though Los Angeles City Council approved the name change from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day this week, Santa Clarita City Council will not likely be following suit. L.A.’s council sided with activists who oppose celebrating Christopher Columbus, attributing the genocide of indigenous people in North America to him. According to Mayor Cameron Smyth, changing the holiday’s name is not something on his agenda.

“You can support Columbus Day while recognizing the indigenous people of our region,” Smyth said. “I don’t think those are mutually exclusive.” Santa Clarita’s city council has other priorities, but Los Angeles has the right to do as they want, the mayor said. “I certainly have much bigger issues to focus on at the city than changing holidays,” he said.

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