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Group pushes back against Indigenous Peoples Day declaration

October 8, 2018

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An Italian-American association is pushing back against the Rochester mayor’s proclamation recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

WHEC-TV reports the Little Italy Neighborhood Association says the mayor’s order should be revoked because it takes away from their history.

Association head Silvano Orsi says Native Americans already have their own holiday, Native American Heritage Day in November.

Mayor Lovely Warren’s proclamation last Thursday comes as dozens of cities across the nation have declared Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day instead.

She says it recognizes that Native Americans were already here when the country was founded.

The city still plans to celebrate Italian-American heritage through an annual Columbus Day Luncheon and an Italian flag raising ceremony.

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