Indigenous Peoples Day replaces Columbus Day in Helena

Jun 13, 2019 358

BY: Thomas Plank

The Helena City Commission passed a resolution Monday evening to change the name of Columbus Day, a federal holiday in October commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, to Indigenous Peoples Day. A half-dozen people made public comment at the meeting in favor of the commission’s decision.

Roberta Duckhead Kittson Nyomo, a Helena resident, told the commission about her experience in school. She had to learn about Columbus on her own, and found some of the acts he and his men had done in the name of conquest disturbing. “I ask all of you to remove Columbus Day from Helena, Montana, to make it a day of joyfulness, happiness, friendship,” Nyomo said.

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