For the first time Minneapolis is celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.
In April, the city renamed the holiday commonly known as Columbus Day:
“We discovered Columbus, lost on our shores, sick, destitute, and wrapped in rags. We nourished him to health, and the rest is history,” said Lakota activist Bill Means. “He represents the mascot of American colonialism in the western hemisphere. And so it is time that we change a myth of history.”
Columbus Day is a federal holiday but not a state-enforced one, so businesses in Minnesota can choose whether or not they will remain open. The City of St. Paul, for example, remained open as usual today.
News Cut’s Bob Collins calls Columbus Day “a holiday for people who don’t know history,” as complicated as the history itself.
Today’s Question: Should Minnesota recognize Indigenous Peoples Day as a state holiday?