Columbus Day replaced by Indigenous People’s Day in Potsdam schools

Dec 04, 2019 376

BY: Keith Benman

Potsdam schools will no longer celebrate Columbus Day. Instead, it will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. It all started with Potsdam elementary students reading a book about Christopher Columbus. It's called “Encounter.” They learned new things. “I think it was a good book, because we've been learning the wrong history for a long, long time now,” said Timothy White, Lawrence Avenue Elementary student.

From the book, they learned Columbus forced people into slavery and stole gold. The story was told through the eyes of a Native American boy on an island where Columbus landed. “It made me feel kind of mad. Because for a second I had no idea why Columbus would do something like this,” said Kwynn Russell, Lawrence Avenue Elementary student. They wanted to do something to change things. They wanted Columbus Day changed to Indigenous People's Day. They went to the middle school to talk to other kids.

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