Vermont Ditches Columbus Day, Renames Holiday To Honor Native Americans

May 14, 2019 437

Vermont has joined a handful of states in renaming Columbus Day to honor Native Americans. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Friday recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day. A half dozen states, including Vermont, and several cities, have made the change.

The governors of Maine and New Mexico signed similar measures last month. Native American tribes and others say celebrating Italian explorer Christopher Columbus ignores the effect that the European arrival in the Americas had on the native peoples, who suffered violence, disease, enslavement, racism and exploitation at the hands of the settlers.

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