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In the midst of a fierce debate over the future of the Christopher Columbus Plaza on Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo's Italian community came together for the 115th annual Columbus Day Celebration. However, Columbus Day 2020 had a different look: no protesters. For decades, protesters from Pueblo's indigenous communities came out to the bust of Christopher...

Early Sunday morning shortly before 6 a.m., News5's news crew noticed red paint on the Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Pueblo. Police officers had just arrived on scene and were shining their flashlights to investigate what happened, and they confirmed they received reports the statue had been tagged. For the next couple of hours, Pueblo Fi...

The granite pedestal where a statue of Christopher Columbus once stood in St. Louis’ Tower Grove Park has remained empty for nearly four months. A construction crew removed the bronze statue in June, at the behest of the park’s Board of Commissioners. Since then, community members have submitted ideas for future monuments honoring historically sign...

In March, the State of Colorado designated the first Monday in October to be Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Day. The Federal Government still recognizes the second Monday as Columbus Day and a Federal Holiday. Mayor Nick Gradisar issued the following statement in a press release: “I want to recognize those early Pueblo-Italian families who fought fo...

She was an Italian immigrant, a loving servant of those in need and the very first American saint, who also happened to walk the streets of Colorado. And now, to recognize the inimitable legacy she left behind in the Centennial State, she has a day named in her honor. Each year in Colorado, the first Monday of October – Oct. 5 this year – will henc...

For nearly 30 years, Dean Rebuffoni was the preeminent environmental journalist in Minnesota. From the dumping of taconite tailings into Lake Superior by Reserve Mining to the emergence of large, confined animal feeding operations, Rebuffoni covered the major battles and controversies over environmental issues for the Minneapolis Tribune and later...

Colorado is not the place that typically comes to mind when we think of Columbus Day celebrations in the United States. If New York makes the top of the list, Colorado would probably rank somewhere around #25, depending on who you ask. But guess which state was the first to recognize the Columbus Day holiday. The answer may surprise you. It wasn’t...

If there would ever be a Walk of Fame down the streets of The Hill, you can bet Marjorie Amighetti’s name would be on the short list. She’s mostly English and a little Scandinavian and Irish as well. The blood that runs through Mrs. Amighetti is absolutely 0% Italian. Still, after decades of giving The Hill her all, 92-year-old Mrs. Amighetti’s hea...

The city of Pueblo tried a mediator to reach a resolution for the future of a Christopher Columbus statue, but now the Pueblo City Council will be discussing a possible emergency ordinance to put the issue in front of voters. The statue, which is in front of the Rawlings Library, has attracted numerous protests, and some of them have turned violent...

On August 14th, 2020, ICC President, Sandra Gengler, was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy). This prestigious title is conferred by the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, to individuals who distinguish themselves through actions that strengthen Italy’s positive standing ab...

On Tuesday, Mayor Nick Gradisar expressed his disappointment the two parties involved in mediation over the future of the Christopher Columbus Statue could not reach an agreement. On Saturday morning, the two parties, the Sons of Italy Community Group and the Indigenous Community group, advised the Mayor that they could not reach an agreement over...

A Minnesota prosecutor charged an Indigenous activist with a felony on Friday in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally weeks after the death of George Floyd. Mike Forcia, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is charged with criminal damage to property. Forcia, also a Twin Cities A...