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Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

A demonstration will be held on Southington as a monument is erected in honor of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. But in the political, social, and racial climate of America today, we're having a lot of conversations about our nation's history, about our leaders, about where we are headed.

Berkeley in California was the first to recognise the day in place of Columbus Day, but more and more towns do so every year, with 23 new locales observing Indigenous People's Day in 2017.

"It's handsome that Berkeley declared it Indigenous Peoples' Day, but I think it's even more important that we recognize that this holiday and the people who are recognized by it exist", Worthington said. They, along with Orono, Starks and Brunswick, will draw attention to the culture of Maine's Native American tribes, rather than a brutal explorer.

Alabama state offices and courts are closed; Columbus Day is one of 13 state holidays. Particularly notable are 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, both by Charles C. Mann.

San Francisco, Seattle, Albuquerque and Denver are other cities that have opted to replace the controversial holiday with one celebrating Native Americans instead. Sixteen percent disagreed. Fifty-six percent view Columbus either "favorably" or "very favorably"; half as many, or 28 percent, take a negative view of the navigator. Officials say they expect protesters at the event.

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"That's an insult to all those immigrants who put that statue up at Columbus Circle", that parade's chairman, Tony Signorile, told the Daily News.

The Cincinnati City Council rejected a proclamation previous year that would have recognized Indigenous People's Day over Columbus Day, after five of the council's nine members abstained from voting, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. It's job was to come up with a grand celebration to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas.

The movement to ban or replace Columbus Day has been growing on university campuses in recent decades. The law officially changing the day was signed into permanence as HB 78, which Walker signed earlier this year, with approval from the Alaska Federation of Natives.

"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

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