County approves holidays for Indigenous Peoples and Italian-Americans, eliminates Columbus Day

Oct 04, 2017 1727

BY: Gina Ender

Columbus Day will no longer be observed in Los Angeles County after the Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate all references to the holiday and instead observe Indigenous Peoples Day. The second Monday of each October will now be dedicated to celebrating Native American heritage starting in 2019.

“Native Americans are descendants of the aboriginal, indigenous, native people who were the original inhabitants of this continent,” the motion read. “One way to recognize the enormous historical contributions of Native American heritage and Indigenous People is through celebrations of culture, recognition of traditions and the continued support of artistic self-expression.”

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