Don't Want To Honor Columbus? Chicago Weighs Indigenous People's Day

Sep 17, 2016 654

by Ted Cox

Native Americans will get their revenge on Christopher Columbus in Chicago with Indigenous People's Day joining Columbus Day if a new proposal clears the City Council. Aldermen Ameya Pawar (47th) and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) submitted a proposal at Wednesday's Council meeting. If approved, it would mandate that "in conjunction with annual celebrations of Columbus Day on the second Monday in October, the City of Chicago shall celebrate Indigenous People's Day to commemorate and promote public awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of indigenous people."

The suburban-based Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans immediately embraced the proposal. "This is just another example of how the City of Chicago stands head and shoulders above all other cities in celebrating different heritages," said Dominic DiFrisco, the group's president emeritus.

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