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?