- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Commissioners in Fargo are considering whether the city should begin celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same day as the federally recognized holiday Columbus Day.

KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/1j7RNI2 ) reports city commissioners could approve the change Monday through a resolution. If approved, Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. Many Native Americans find that holiday offensive, considering the explorer’s brutal treatment of the natives.

Fargo commission member Crystal Gonzales says the holiday’s name change is more than symbolic. She says it is aimed at clarifying Columbus’ role in history.

A number of cities, including Seattle, have adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day.


Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com

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