North Carolina governor proclaims Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 12, 2018 856

BY: Joseph Martin

Gov. Roy Cooper (D) proclaimed the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, the day that the federal government has designated as Columbus Day. While the move, whether it’s done by states or cities, such as Asheville, is intended to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans, it does draw some controversy among those who feel that it should still be about the Italian explorer.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), an Italian-American, marched in Manhattan’s Columbus Day parade and defended the statue of Columbus to the Wall Street Journal. “The Columbus Monument is a powerful symbol of the Italian-American community and a testament to New York’s role in assimilating immigrants from all over the world in our state,” he said.

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