Cincinnati approves celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day

October 4, 2018

Cincinnati approves celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day

CINCINNATI, Ohio — City Council on Wednesday approved a resolution to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, currently recognized on the calendar as Columbus Day.

The Enquirer reports council approved the measure, 6-0, with two members abstaining.

″(The resolution expresses) the city of Cincinnati’s support for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of indigenous people of this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that all indigenous people add to our city; and urging other businesses, organizations, and public entities to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” Fox 19 reports.

Cincinnati is the first major city in Ohio to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Oberlin approved a resolution last year. Earlier this year, Akron adopted a resolution to celebrate North American First Peoples Day on the first Monday of October.

Several major U.S. cities now celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Austin, Texas, and four states also have made the day official.

“This won’t change history totally, but we’re at the point where we realize calling it Columbus Day is completely wrong,” Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard tells the Enquirer.

Guy Jones, a member of the Lakota tribe, tells Fox 19 he is “elated” with the vote.

“I can’t find the words,” he said. “I just can’t find the words.”

Columbus Day, which marks Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas in 1492, remains a federal government holiday.

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