St. Paul council passes resolution renaming Columbus Day

Aug 13, 2015 835

by Frederick Melo

Move over, Christopher Columbus. The second Monday in October is now known as Indigenous Peoples Day in the city of St. Paul. The resolution was sponsored by all seven members of the St. Paul City Council and approved Wednesday to heavy applause from a crowded, upbeat audience.

It encourages other institutions to recognize the day and reaffirms "the city's commitment to promote the well-being and growth of St. Paul's American Indian and Indigenous community." With its passage, St. Paul joins a series of cities that have voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day over the past year, including Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Minn., Seattle, and Traverse City, Mich.

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