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Seattle to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Seattle votes to honour indigenous people
Seattle votes to honour indigenous people Image by Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0

The city council of Seattle has unanimously voted to change the name of Columbus Day, a US federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas, to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The name change is aimed at honouring the culture and contributions of native peoples in the Americas. Seattle’s vote comes after other cities have voted to stop celebrating Columbus’ arrival. In Minneapolis, MN, the city council renamed the holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day earlier this year and California, Tennessee and South Dakota have for years had separate holidays celebrating Native Americans. Read more: npr.org