- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is urging the Oklahoma City Council to consider renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The tribe’s Principal Chief, George Tiger, sent a letter Monday to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and councilors urging them to approve a resolution declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The council is expected to reconsider the resolution on Tuesday during its regular meeting. Councilman Pete White introduced the resolution last month, which failed on a 4-4 vote, with one member absent. Cornett opposed the resolution.

Tiger said Columbus Day is “hurtful and painful to our native peoples.”

City spokeswoman Kristy Yager says Oklahoma City does not observe Columbus Day as a holiday.


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