Indigenous People's Day replaces Columbus Day in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle City Council is replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day in the city.

The resolution that passed unanimously Monday celebrates the contributions and culture of Native Americans and the indigenous community on the second Monday in October, the same day as the federally recognized Columbus Day.

Tribal members and other supporters say the move recognizes the rich history of people who have inhabited the area.

Several Italian-Americans and others objected, saying Indigenous People's Day honors one group while disregarding the Italian heritage of others.

The Bellingham City Council also is concerned that Columbus Day offends some Native Americans. It plans to consider an ordinance to recognize the second Monday in October as Coast Salish Day.


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