Alaska celebrates first permanent Indigenous Peoples Day

A statue of Christopher Columbus at Palos de la Frontera in Huelva

A statue of Christopher Columbus at Palos de la Frontera in Huelva

The first Columbus Day celebration recorded in the United States happened in NY in 1792 to honor Italian American heritage.

However, Cliff Matias, cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, said it's not about taking anything away from Italian-Americans.

Native American leaders in the United States - who say the Western world was already populated with native tribes by the time of Columbus' arrival - have been leading a movement to supplant Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, or at least make the day a shared holiday.

In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison started the celebration of Columbus Day to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Bahamas.

Here's how it happened: In the 1980's, then U.S. President Ronald Reagan created the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission.

Columbus was a native of the City of Genoa, in present day Italy, and his voyage was sponsored by Isabella I and Ferdinand II of Spain. Sixteen percent disagreed. Fifty-six percent view Columbus either "favorably" or "very favorably"; half as many, or 28 percent, take a negative view of the navigator.

John King, Grand Knight of the Broken Arrow Council of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization, said he was happy about the Tulsa City Council decision to retain recognition of Columbus Day.

Green said she wants students to realize Native Americans have a long history on this land and they are still here. It's all about our Italian heritage and our culture. In 1992, Berkeley, Calif., declared October 12 as "Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People" and promoted programs in schools and museums on Native American culture.

Patrick Korten, a member of the board of directors at the National Christopher Columbus Association (NCCA), told PJ Media Columbus' arrival in the Americas was "the single most consequential act in human history".

The controversy over Monday's Columbus Day Parade in New York City is building, as is the debate over which historical figures should be honored in the United States. There are 364 other days in the year on which we could acknowledge the sins of our ancestors and celebrate native Americans.

In 2014, a few cities such as Seattle and Minneapolis adopted resolutions replacing Columbus Day, and in the next few years resolutions across the country took flight in dozens of places.

"Columbus should not be celebrated".

But the Barron bill appears to be the only introduced this year to change the name of the holiday statewide.

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