LA Votes To Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples Day

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The City Council has voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official Los Angeles holiday.

Councilmembers voted 14-1 to make the second Monday in October a day to commemorate indigenous, aboriginal and native people. It will be a paid holiday for city employees.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation tribe, pushed for the switch. Some activists view Christopher Columbus as a symbol of genocide for native peoples.

Councilman Joe Buscaino was the lone “no” vote on Wednesday. He sided with Italian-Americans, who view Columbus Day as a celebration of their national heritage.

Los Angeles joins San Francisco and several other cities nationwide in honoring native Americans in lieu of Columbus.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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  1. Better late than never I guess. Figures some Italian councilmen wouldn’t vote to change it. Hey dufass, Columbus never set foot on American Soil, he didn’t discover $hit.

  2. Jerry Cason says:

    WE SHOULD GIVE LA BACK TO MEXICO ALONG WITH HOLLYWOOD

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