Should Minneapolis rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Native American Community Development Institute President Jay Bad Heart Bull says replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day would honor American Indians contributions to Minneapolis. Jon Collins / MPR News

“We had been edited out of existence in the public school system,” Bill Means told MPR News reporter Jon Collins. “To say Columbus discovered America is one of the first lies we’re told in public education.”

That particular struggle may be coming to an end, at least in Minneapolis.

On Friday, the City Council will consider a resolution that would re-designate Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day. It would follow in the steps of cities like Berkeley, Calif. and states like South Dakota, which made the change more than two decades ago.

“It’s only right that we begin to document the contributions of Indian people to the history of the state of Minnesota, starting with the biggest myth of all: Columbus discovered America,” Means said. “This is just a real…recognition of our contributions.” Full story

Today’s Question: Should Minneapolis rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

  • Eamon Coyne

    Yes.

  • whitedoggie44

    What a joke!! I was in our office in Dallas and looked out the window at 12 tower cranes building more commercial office buildings as Dallas continues to expand and add jobs at 6 times the rate of Minneapolis. (Zero expansion in Mpls).Instead of working on lower taxes and regulations, they focus on this crap. Never seen a group, DFL, less connected with growing economy. Last one out, turn off the lights.

  • Carly
  • Carly

    I think this is a great idea!! My friend and I started a petition to show Minneapolis that we want Indigenous Peoples Day! Please sign and share it!!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/minneapolis-minnesota-city-council-change-columbus-day-to-indigenous-peoples-day

  • Chris Rathbun

    If it’ll get us a paid holiday, then sure. Otherwise, it’s just semantics.

    I don’t care either way. Columbus pulled the world’s biggest “Homer” (Simpson’s reference) and we celebrate his accident? He did some pretty horrific things to the inhabitants of Central America and we gave him a holiday?

    They should just call it Discovery Day, but that is a euro-centric view and not everyone shares that viewpoint.

    They need to work on their branding because that name is too long for most Americans, but I am not opposed to the idea, but mostly indifferent at this point.

  • Leif Landed First

    Nope; there should be a Leif Erickson Day instead; he was here before Columbus.

    And, if you want to celebrate an Indigenous People’s Day, feel free to celebrate one. Don’t make it a federal holiday though, and remove Columbus Day from the federal holiday list.

  • JQP

    How about we eliminate the all of the named holidays.
    They all become Off-Day.
    Anyone and their “community” can choose to go honor whatever on off-day.

    After observing decades of commercial sales on holidays and vast legions of workers with a day off but not ever honoring the intent of the holiday … I really don’t know that the holiday names matter.

  • luckylager

    I wish we would just stop with all this racially divisive stuff. We are all here, we are Americans. The constant highlighting of our differences should be replaced by celebrations of our commonality. Those in power are using the “divide and conquer” tactic on all of us. They know that if they constantly subdivide us our mutual voice and political power will be weakened. We need to stop putting up dividers. We are all in this thing together.

    • J F Hanson

      I certainly concur with your first statement–the PC crowd is running wild.

      Renaming Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day” is at best an awkward solution on many levels. Let’s find a better handle.

      • Joe

        It’s a lot less awkward than “Columbus Day”, at least name it after an island-hopper who was actually a U.S. citizen or doing something related to the United States, MacArthur Day would even be a step up. And he had a corn cob pipe, way more “American” than Columbus!

    • Guest

      It’s a lot more racially divisive to claim that we’re all the same than to recognize and celebrate different perspectives. Claiming we’re all the same leaves out really important (good & bad) parts of our collective human story.

      We’re all in this thing together, indeed–that means respecting what people around us tell us is important to them. This proposal comes from the Native community itself, from our own broader community.

  • RegularJoe62

    I like this idea.

    I’ve seen estimates of the population of the Americas ranging from 20 to 100 million people at the time Columbus landed. Claiming he discovered America is a little like me taking a flight to London and claiming to have “discovered” England upon stepping off the plane.

    I understand how the myth of Columbus led us to having that holiday, but it’s time we start teaching the truth of our history. The truth here is that Columbus, while a courageous explorer, was a butcher. If we want to celebrate the exploration of the world during the Age of Discovery, let’s designate something like “Explorer’s Day.”

  • Joe

    Yes!

  • Joe

    We should switch the federal holiday to Halloween or All Saints Day to accomodate people with serious drinking problems who might need a whole day to celebrate/prepare a costume/sleep off a hangover.

  • Ralphy

    What do you think of “Explorer’s Day” – honoring all who dared to push past the boundries – in science, business, politics, geography, arts…

  • Jim Million

    Patience Day

  • annawithbellson

    Indigenous Peoples Day, yes! This change is one tiny aspect in a long-overdue conversation. Thanks for starting it!

  • Jim G

    Yes. Most of us have forgotten that our lands once belonged to indigenous people before the establishment of Minnesota as a state. Lately, I have been driving by archaeological sites along the Minnesota River valley which are documenting continuous settlements along the river dating back thousands of years. That’s an exciting and real history of our region. We should celebrate these first explorers, and take one day a year to remember them and our shared connection to Minnesota. I would like to remind Minnesotans that “The word for Minnesota is based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word for sky-tinted water, which refers to the Minnesota River and the state’s many lakes.of sky blue waters.”

  • Mindimooye

    As an Ojibwe woman, I say “YES!”

    • gatto

      So let’s have a Germans Day, an Italians Day, a British Day, a Lithuanians Day…where does the political correctness end????? If our city council has nothing better to do than to think up useless stuff like this, they need to be voted out of office!

      • Joe

        I think with the dominance of the English language and London banking, every day is British Day.

      • Guest

        a. How does “political correctness” hurt you exactly? (Presumably, a lot less than various kinds of political and non-political incorrectness have hurt the average indigenous person).
        b. The idea didn’t come from the city council originally, they’re being responsive leaders.

  • PaulJ

    If your nation came from 500 miles away and displaced the local group 400 years ago, would you be considered indigenous?

  • Pearly

    Yes, Minneapolis and Minneapolis only should

    • Joe

      They should switch it so all the Caribbean Islands that are still US territory that have ACTUALLY been visited by Christopher Columbus stick with “Columbus Day” and all of the other places switch it to something else.
      So Puerto Rico, more or less. Mostly lesser Antilles.

  • Liz

    Yes. We’re just one city and it’s just one semi-holiday, but we can be part of a bigger movement and symbols matter a lot. And, this is something that our neighbors and fellow citizens are asking for.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    Stupid.

  • James

    Columbus Day is a stupid non-holiday anyways, but still, no.
    We came. We conquered. We ruined a civilization forever. And we have no intention of turning back the clock.
    Silly platitudes like naming a non-holiday after the conquered is lame at best, and arguably somewhat evil. (“We love and respect you. Don’t let the fact we destroyed your civilization give you the wrong impression.”)
    Now, changing Columbus Day to Thanksgiving Day is a good idea. 30,000,000 Canadians can’t be wrong, and there is something to be said for celebrating the harvest in the same month as the harvest.

    • Liz

      Interesting perspective, but if a lot of Native people who live in our community are asking for it, why not listen to them? It’s not like the proposal is coming from Dan Snyder.

  • JfromNYC

    Yes, let’s celebrate our indigenous nations!

  • Gayle

    Election Day should also be Citizenship Day, a national holiday to embrace our right to select our representative leaders.

  • ACP

    In a state where so much Native history shaped who we are today, my answer is absolutely. Why don’t we already have an Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

  • neversink

    Whether Columbus “discovered” America or not isn’t the point. He changed America, and he changed history. This is something native Americans should acknowledge. That indigenous people in North and South America were victims of genocide is a sad fact. But it doesn’t change the fact that Columbus is important in American history.
    Perhaps there should be another day for Indigenous People, but keep Columbus Day meaningful.
    Oh yes, and let’s start to deal with real issues – poverty, health care, education, infrastructure, inflation, corporate welfare.

    • A Concerned Citizen

      Your argument here is troubling in many ways. One, how did he “change America”? He didn’t even really land in the United States. Second, calling genocide a “sad fact” seems like a gross understatement and frankly is offensive. Treating genocide this way is exactly why it continue today around the world; it’s exactly why many people refuse to acknowledge American Indians’ peoples wipe out as a genocide.

      Imagine what a day like “Columbus” would feel like for an Indigenous person whose people were wiped out with the beginning of European settlers? Every time you here the name it’s a harken to those days (even if he didn’t really “land” in America). It’s a harken to GENOCIDE, to being wiped out, to having death surround every part of your life, as it continues to do so today.

      Isn’t that enough of a reason to listen to people who were not and continue to not be in mainstream? What does it take for us to give up “Columbus” day? Isn’t it worth it to embrace humanity and work on ending the “real issues,” many of which relate to systemic racism and the marginalization of people who need to be heard.

      • Jess

        Well put. In addition, even if a person wanted to claim Columbus’ legacy as reason for the holiday, the point is that by making a holiday named for someone, we are honoring them and their legacy. The story being taught in schools and repeated every year on this day is wildly inaccurate and glorifies colonialism while not so much as acknowledging the brutal and devastating impact it had/has on indigenous peoples.
        In the name of correcting this ignorance and honoring those impacted groups, in a meager step of acknowledgment, we now wish to rename the day. It is not to be politically correct or to nit pick at people, but to say “we want to see you, we want to hear you, we want to share your story and honor you; we care more about this than the inconvenience of a name change.”

      • Leifsondattersonsondatterson

        Wait a minute. He didn’t land here, but he is the one responsible for genocide?? How can you have both of those be true?

      • neversink

        You talk about embracing humanity. What a joke. You are feeling good by changing the name of Columbus Day. But has that done for humanity.
        Columbus didn’t land on the mainland of the US, so how is he responsible for all the horrid genocide that occurred afterwards. Columbus i the person who changed the New World because all the nations in Europe sent out explorers to colonize the Americas.
        So you are offended by the statement that genocide is a “sad fact.” It’s history. It’s a fact and it’s sad. The word genocide in itself is horrid. Your taking my words out of context. Of course I understand how horrible genocide is. It happens everyday around the world. Why don’t you go to South Sudan and try to be a peacekeeper if you really want to embrace humanity and stop genocide.
        If you really care about stopping “systemic racism and marginalization of people who need to be heard” then come to northern Nigeria and fight the fundamental Islamists everyday who go into villages and rape, and murder and burn people because they are Christian. If you really care about the rights of people, come to a village in Somalia where little girls are foxed into marriages and are forced to have circumcisions and where they are beaten, and where they have no rights. Come to Somalia and tell the village mullahs they have to end cruel Sharia law.
        People in America, even though there are problems, have no idea of the daily struggles people around the world in developing nations have to go through to survive. Come to Kenya and live in a slum in Nairobi where you have a dirt floor with raw sewage flowing through it, no els trinity and no plumbing, and you have to stand in line to pay for water. Come live in the slums of Kinshasa and help the people.
        You call yourself a concerned citizen. That’s a joke that you have played on yourself and you don’t even know it. Do something worthwhile with your life if you care so much about the suffering going on in the world.

        • Joe

          “Why don’t you go to South Sudan and try to be a peacekeeper if you really want to embrace humanity and stop genocide between warring tribes.”
          Isn’t going halfway around the world and getting all up in other people’s business the position A Concerned Citizen is advocating against?

          • neversink

            What do you mean by “getting in other people’s business?. So you think the world should close their eyes and let genocide happen? So then you are fine with doing nothing about ethnic cleansing, and all the horrors that occur? It obviously makes you feel good to rename a holiday like Columbus Day, which does absolutely nothing to stop genocide around the world. But you don’t want to lift a finger to help those being brutally murdered around the world. Shame on you. You are just another hypocrite!

          • Joe

            You’re right, I’m a total hypocrite. It would be much better if I were to go over there and draw some boundaries and tell them what’s what on how to end their conflict. It’s not like they’ll fight over the oil rights around defined by those boundaries later after I do…
            Don’t worry though I can assure you that I have no feelings whatsoever about renaming Columbus Day, but thanks for clearing up that renaming Columbus Day doesn’t result in fewer deaths around the world, I was pretty lost on that one.

      • Kaleb

        He changed america in the sense he discovered it to be colonized. He made the first settlements. He put America on the map. If that isn’t changing American history I have no clue what is.

  • Joe

    How about Jenner Day after Edward Jenner, inventor of the smallpox vaccine.

    • Jess

      I don’t know what kind of humor you’re trying to play this off as, but your comment is not only not funny, but mortifyingly incentive.

      • Joe

        I’m not sure where the humor was, but the point is, Columbus contact and “discovery” brought the culture of pig farming which smallpox follows, and Jenner stopped the pox. I was offering an alternative historic figure to have an arbitrary day about, and he seemed to be the logical counterweight.

  • Jasper

    No. This is an absurd waste of time by legislators. Why do they have time for this, but not solving the Kenilworth corridor disaster? That is exponentially more pertinent, as are hundreds of other issues they should be focusing on. Shame on them.

  • Lisa

    Well, how about we change it to Leif Erickson Day since he arrived in North America 500 years before Christopher Colombus. How about we just move on & stop the politically-correct madness. We’re all descendants of immigrants or early people, but we’re all Americans. Get over yourselves.

  • Bonnie Wilcox

    Yes.

  • Shannon Iceman

    It would definitely be a start!! Then let’s also have a Native American History month just like Black history month. So that TV can air Native American movies and documentary’s to teach the younger generations that we NA’s are people too instead of learning false history from their own bigot grandparent’s/parent’s so that future generations can be more open minded and hopefully dwindle out racism. Time to get with the times and learn that people are people…stop the ignorance already!!!!

    • FriggOffRandy

      There are only twelve months. Do you really think that we have enough months for each culture and peoples that came to the Americas? Yes, there has been a lot of ignorance towards the Africans who came to America and the Natives who were also here but let us no forget that not every European who came to America was not a greedy murderer. Stop the ignorance is right but let us not replace ignorance with further ignorance, correct?

  • Michael Lee

    How about Immigrant Day? Since we are all immigrants, including Native Americans.

  • Yanotha Twangai

    What I’d like to see (but am sure I never will) is a national day of repentance. We could repent for the Native American genocide, for permitting slavery, for our wars of aggression (Mexican-American, Spanish-American, Vietnam, Iraq, etc), for war crimes (the My Lai massacre, torturing detainees, carpet bombing cities in WWII, the nuclear attacks on Japan, etc), for damaging the ecosystem so much, for our share of the blame for anthropogenic climate change, for generally being arrogant toward the rest of the world, and for whatever else comes to mind. America has done more good than harm overall in world history, but there are valid reasons some folks hate us, and we could stand to learn from our mistakes.

    • neversink

      You are insane. Did you know that Japan had three different on-going projects to build nuclear weapons during World War II. US intelligence knew that. Do you think the Japanese would have hesitated to drop a nuclear weapon on the US? Do you think they would have stopped with just one or two cities around the world?
      Do you know how cruel the Japanese were to the Korean women and other women in countries they conquered? They turned them into “comfort women” and made them perform sexual acts up to fifty times and more a day. The systematically killed and tortured people and destroyed whole villages. They were cruel and merciless. And they still have not really apologized for many of their war crimes, including the sexual slavery of thousands and thousands of women. (At least in the US, we talk about our past wrongs and how to ameliorate them. We have elected a black President.)
      So I don’t think the nuclear bombing of two cities in Japan was a war crime. It was horrid, but it stopped millions of more deaths by the hands of the Japanese. Yes, Nagasaki and Hiroshima were horrible, but the Japanese aggression and torture of the indigenous peoples they conquered were no less horrific.
      And don’t forget, if the Japanese had been successful and developed a nuclear weapon as they were feverishly working at accomplishing, your world and my world would have been a lot different, fi were still alive after the genocide that the Japanese would have continued to commit.
      There are holes in many of your other examples but I will leave it at this.

      • Yanotha Twangai

        1. The fact that other nations have done worse things than we have does not make our sins any less bad.

        2. The nuclear attacks on Japan (and fire bombing of Dresden and Tokyo) were war crimes, because (1) they primarily targeted civilians so as to undermine the enemy’s will to fight (that’s right, it was state terrorism), and (2) they were not militarily necessary.

        3. Neither were the nuclear attacks the proximate cause of Japan’s surrender. Rather, it was when the USSR declared war against Japan that Hirohito decided it would be better to surrender to the Americans than to let Stalin get a foothold there. (That last point is one I used to think was merely Soviet Cold War propaganda, but in researching it some more, I learned it was correct as well.)

        • neversink

          Yanotha – You are absolutely wrong. The Japanese continually attacked civilians. They murdered and tortured people from China to the South Pacific. They brutalized women and made them into sex slaves, and still haven’t apologized. That’s terrorism.

          You forgot to mention that the Japanese were in the process of building a nuclear weapon and they had three different departments working on it. They would not have hesitated to use it. It is lucky for the world the US got the nuclear weapon first. (A horrible weapon, indeed. I wish we had never unlocked the poser of the atom. But we did.) And the dropping of the nuclear weapons, as hideous as they were, prevented the continuation for many years of Japan’s brutal Imperial Army. Many civilians throughout the world were spared the onslaught of the cruel Imperial Army.

          You obvioulsy watched a movie full of lies about World War II by Oliver Stone and believe everything in it. That movie was full of lies and inaccuracies. And many historians have written essayed about the falsehoods of that movie. Here, educate yourself about Oliver Stone’s historical revisionism to suit his own propaganda machine and his obvious hatred of the US and his big ego. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/19/oliver-stone-s-junk-history-of-the-united-states-debunked.html

          The Japanese were the terrorists. And everyone in the military knew it might take the lives of a million allied soldiers before Japan surrendered. Besides, the Japanese were building a nuclear weapon themselves.

          That’s more propaganda concerning Japanese surrender that you believe when it comes to the role the USSR played. Its not true. The USSR was taking advantage of the Allied slow approach and the costly and tedious defeat of the Japanese forces. The Japanese surrendered because of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Period.

          You cannot change history because you want to believe Americans are terrorists. I don’t think you understand what a terrorist is. Try not to rewrite history. You will only be telling lies and everyone will know it.

          • Yanotha Twangai

            The fact that the Imperial Japanese military continually attacked civilians didn’t make it okay for us to do the same. As for rewriting history, if the history we were taught was wrong, it should be rewritten. (BTW, Oliver Stone is not a source of my information. I never saw the movie you refer to. As the old saying goes about assumptions…. So, I wonder why you’re making such assumptions. Is it that you’re inferring from my screen name something about my ethnicity that plays into some prejudice you harbor? Well, the truth it, I’m just, you know, that one guy, about whom you know nothing apart from what I’ve posted here.)

        • Kaleb

          I hope you know that if we had not done the nuclear strikes, literal MILLIONS more of Japanese would a died in the ensuing invasion. Millions more of Americans, British, and Russians would have also died. Also the USSR declaring war on it was not a good enough incentive. We were in Okinawa, literally withing landing distance of japan. If they were willing to surrender when invasion was imminent then they would have surrender shortly after that.

    • Chris G

      This is brilliant. I am all for this. This would provide our nation with an opportunity to reflect on atrocities our country has done unto others and give people an opportunity to reflect on our history and heal to make a shift on our trajectory.

    • Kaleb

      *Burst out laughing* You think the natives were any better to us? You think any of those people were any better to us? Oh the Alamo didn’t did it?!?! No those AMERICAN citizens were massacred completely and ruthlessly. No Santa Anna didn’t do any of that. He was just a peaceful generalissimo. It’s not like Saddam Huisanne was dropping chemical weapons on the Kurds.We had no reason what-so-ever to get involved in that. No it’s not like the Spanish blew up a united states ship. It’s not like we had no reason to get involved for a couple dozen US sailors dying for no reason. It’s like in Vietnam the NVA killed our military advisors, and it’s not like the Vietcong massacred hundreds of people during the Tet offensive. Those all never happened because those would contradict my happy go lucky world view.

  • bob hicks

    Columbus was a destroyer and should be reviled, not honored.

    • Kaleb

      Humanity itself is a destructive force. It is also constructive. It’s a give and take and Columbus did both whether you like it or not. He started the first permanent settlements in the new world, and opened the new world for colonization.

  • Jeff

    Nope, Columbus was a historically important person, as terrible as he was he was not much different than most men of his age, including those indigenous people.

    • Milton Wolf

      Most ignorant comment ever…Columbus was criticized during
      his own time by Spanish settlers and missionaries like Antonio de Montesinos
      and Bartolome de Las Casas for the horrors he imposed on the Native peoples ofthe Antilles, the Taino, who DOD NOT had slaves, DOD NOT ethnically cleansedtheir lands and DID NOT murder whole villages of their enemies to make appoint. Columbus personally ordered all of these heinous actions.

      • Jeff

        What year did the Spanish Inquisition occur?

        • Milton Wolf

          Columbus wasn’t Spanish nor a member of the Inquisition…your point?

          • Jeff

            1478-1834 are the years it was active. My point is that Columbus’s time and era were filled with atrocities and horrible events that occurred between people…Spain funded Columbus’s voyages. I’m trying to point out the fact that era was different than now and people should view Columbus of his time and era. I’m waiting for people to suggest that we should eliminate President’s Day because Washington owned slaves.

          • JQP

            I’m thinking the problem is that the American people who established the holiday … didn’t do exactly what you suggest…. They simply parroted banal incomplete historical stories as the basis of a national holiday.

            Had the viewed Columbus for the actual fully fleshed and flawed person he was… perhaps more of the focus on him in 4th grade classes would also contrasted his drive, stamina and dumb luck with his wanton cruelty in the pursuit of personal wealth and glory.

            Columbus to date has been largely presented as a one-dimensional “hero”, which is hardly accurate.

          • neversink

            I don’t know where you went to school, but my children have learnt all about the cultures of Native Americans. They have also been taught the truth about Columbus and other explorers who came? But to deny Columbus’ place in history is just as close-minded.

          • Milton Wolf

            Columbus was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci, and Mother Theresa was a contemporary of Adolph Hitler…you are excusing an individual’s behavior by claiming that EVERYONE else believed in the same thing and would have acted in the same way. Nothing further from the truth, in 15th century or the 21st.

          • Joe

            That time and era was long before the federal government existed, which is why people question its relevance as a federal holiday.

          • Jeff

            That doesn’t even make sense, according to that logic we should get rid of Christmas and Easter.

          • Joe

            That’s right

          • Katia

            Jefferson as well.

          • Joe

            I thought President’s Day was only for Lincoln and Washington, didn’t they combine them to get rid of one of the separate holidays they had for their birthdays?
            There must have been riots in the streets over that one if some people are seriously offended that Columbus day might be renamed, no one is even suggesting that a holiday be eliminated!

          • Katia

            I guess so, though over the years it seems to have become a holiday for all presidents. Lincoln’s birthday is still a state holiday in Illinois. He’s the favorite son.

            In Pittsburgh where I come from, Columbus Day is an Italian pride holiday. The Italians were quite oppressed here in the US, too.

          • The Visitor

            In Berkeley California, a group decided to rename Jefferson Elementary School for the very reason he owned slaves. Fortunately, more reasonable heads prevailed

          • Jeff

            Sure, but Jefferson wasn’t necessarily the main reason for celebrating President’s Day…in fact the holiday was better known as Washington’s Birthday and later became President’s Day due to the close proximity of Washington’s/Lincoln’s birthdays. But you are correct about Jefferson owning slaves.

          • Katia

            I believe Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday were combined b/c both are in February. Lincoln’s birthday is still a state holiday in Illinois.

        • Milton Wolf

          On December 21, 1511, the fourth Sunday of Advent,[4] Montesinos preached an impassioned sermon criticizing the practices of the Spanish colonial encomienda system, and decrying the abuse of the Taíno Indian people on Hispaniola. This was 19 years after Christopher Columbus had discovered the island and Spain started to colonize it.

          Listing the injustices that the indigenous people were suffering at the hands of the Spanish colonists, Montesinos proclaimed that the Spanish on the island “are all in mortal sin and live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny they practice among these innocent peoples.”[5] According to Bartolomé de las Casas, who was a witness, Montesinos asked those in attendance,

          “Tell me by what right of justice do you hold these Indians in such a cruel and horrible servitude? On what authority have you waged such detestable wars against these people who dealt quietly and peacefully on their own lands? Wars in which you have destroyed such an infinite number of them by homicides and slaughters never heard of before. Why do you keep them so oppressed and exhausted, without giving them enough to eat or curing them of the sicknesses they incur from the excessive labor you give them, and they die, or rather you kill them, in order to extract and acquire gold every day.” [6]

          The sermon outraged the conquistadors, including Admiral Diego Columbus (son of Christopher Columbus) and other representatives of the King. Montesinos’ sermon had a formative impact upon Bartolomé de las Casas, who heard it firsthand.[7] Las Casas became well known for his advocacy of the rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_de_Montesinos_(Dominican_friar)

  • Milton Wolf

    Columbus was criticized during his own time by Spanish settlers and missionaries like Antonio de Montesinos and Bartolome de Las Casas for the horrors he imposed on the Native peoples of the Antilles, the Taino, who DID NOT had slaves, DID NOT ethnically cleansedtheir lands and DID NOT murder whole villages of their enemies to make appoint. Columbus personally ordered all of these heinous actions

  • Pocahontas

    I’m all for it but why keep it on the same date? It should be changed to a date honoring an indigenous leader who fought valiantly against colonizers. Don’t you thinK?

    • Joe

      Who would you recommend?

    • Kaleb

      How did they “valiantly” fight any more so then the colonizers? The colonizers were in every sense, outnumbered from the natives. The Spanish troops going through Aztec lands had to storm a town with thousands of troops while there were at most 500 of their horsemen. And you seem to forget that ALLOT of natives fought with European powers, and assisted them. They also turned back on them plenty of times.

  • Nicholas Kraemer

    I am really pleased by this! I had no idea that Minneapolis had solved all the problems it had been having with poor roads, rising gun crime, a lack of affordable housing, and issues with under performing schools. The city council should be commended for knuckling down and eliminating these huge issues…. especially since it clearly has given them time to spend renaming Federal holidays.

  • Halleoop

    I think it is a good thing. I cringe when Columbus Day is acknowledged.

    • PaulJ

      I cringe about the atrocities also, and how the plague decimated the population. I too think a day to celebrate original nations is a good idea (we should also have one to remember serfs/slaves). But Columbus day celebrates the renaissance and how it freed some of us from Europe- also something to be remembered.

      • Joe

        I think Labor Day is the one about serfs and slaves, but that might be an abstraction. I think technically Labor Day is the one we do to celebrate the fact that we get federal holidays in the first place or something, but who the hell knows.

      • Kaleb

        How were we “freed” from Europe? What at all did the natives contribute to the advancement of our society? You seem to be under the impression that the natives were somehow innocent in the whole colonization process. You seem to be forgetting how Aztec natives would pour molten gold down the throats of Spanish soldiers, and how tribes would burn down entire towns and homesteads during Midwest colonization. In Iowa for instance a just traveled and pillaged any town it came across.

  • stevelv

    They should address the issue in the effort to stop sanctifying (and vilifying) people without understanding who they were. It help people understand their own history. There is a much more general understanding of the fact that he did not discover America and that he was a cruel, vicious man seeking to steal the wealth of a continent for the royalty that financed his trip. Its our history. We used his name all the time without understanding who he was. When the time is right we should stop honoring such men, but not at the expense of forgetting our history. Limit the time given and move on to more pressing business. Framing a new name around Indian contributions has a nice sound to it as long as we don’t forget that they, too, had a dark side.

    • Kaleb

      Excuse me, how was he any more evil then the natives turned out to be? How was any more evil then the Aztecs who if they captured Spanish soldiers, would pour molten gold down their throat? And who wasn’t out to steal the wealth of the continent? Literally everyone was vying against everyone for the most wealth and land of the area. I bet if you gave the natives a few hundred (Then again considering their technical development, a few thousand) years they would be exactly on level with Europeans in oppression for separate resources.

      • stevelv

        The important thing is that you concede the evil. Without making comparisons of who was the “badest” we might simply ask if it is appropriate to to celebrate evil with naming public events and places and holidays? The Spanish did unspeakable evil, and, as I recall, Columbus, an Italian, was actually sailing for Spain. Read “Lies My Teacher Told Me.”

        • keyisme

          Columbus was sailing for india – a quicker route to the spice market. He could get to Spain just fine.

  • Joe

    Who does Columbus think he is? Migrating wherever he wants without learning the language first…
    He should have learned English before making his voyage.

  • Pepe Barrivaldi

    I come from Bolivia. Over there, for the last 20 years we have celebrated South American indigenous groups on “Columbus Day.” We learn about what happened that day but we cherish the richness of the cultures that made it through such a horrible period of history. Having Columbus Day is simply ridiculous!

    • simplulo

      Your comment is simply ridiculous, but you and your country have a right to do as you please. In the interests of full disclosure you might want to mention that Bolivia has the highest percentage (70%) of indigenous people in the population of any country in the Americas, relations between them and whites are not so great, and they are desperately poor, Bolivia being one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere. It may be politically wise to publicly “cherish the richness” of their culture, but the reality is that the whites there despise them, and the two groups don’t mix.

  • Dave

    Why not change the names of all holidays and even the bill of rights so this country can be demeaned more than it already has.

    • Joe

      How is the country demeaned by changing the name of Columbus Day?

  • David

    Yes… besides, when seen rightly, every day is a holiday. Start with something more true, other people from other times “discovered” this land.

  • Kaleb

    This shouldn’t be Columbus day. We should celebrate the true first discover of America, Lief Erickson, instead of this second come guy. It would even suite the culture considering Minnesota’s high Nordic decadence.

  • simplulo

    It’s not about “the discoverer of America”, but about someone who set out on a seriously difficult and risky expedition, permanently linked the two hemispheres, and changed the course of history. Of course there were negative as well as positive consequences, but one could say that about a lot of things, like the invention of fire.

    Having said that, I oppose government-imposed holidays and government schools. Privatize and depoliticize such institutions, and let people celebrate whatever is important to them.

  • keyisme

    I thought Columbus Day was more of a celebration of Europe discovering America, or, the “rest of the world” discovering America. Native Americans were there first, obviously, but no one else knew they were in this amazing America until Columbus discovered the land and the Natives. It’s more like a celebration of the beginnings of an International community.

    • keyisme

      Do Native Americans have a day that they celebrate when they discovered America? Why don’t we just add that as a holiday too?