Some states broaden today’s focus from Columbus to the indigenous

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October 14, 2019 - 10:04 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day today as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.

From Minnesota to Vermont, at least five states and Washington, D.C., have done away with Columbus Day celebrations in deference to Native Americans, though the federal Columbus Day remains in place.

Since 1992, Native American advocates have pressed states to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Columbus helped launched centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas.

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