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Columbus did not discover America. We are open October 8

Oct 08, 2012 Columbus did not discover America. We are open October 8

My son and I with Dannis Banks, a founder of the American Indian Movement during the weekend marking the conclusion of the 2008 Longest Walk II (across the street from the National Museum of the American Indian). More on Dennis, AIM, and the Longest Walk is here.

We will be open October 8. I do not agree with the Columbus Day holiday, particularly when no federal holiday exists to remember the Native Americans who suffered tremendously from the lengthy brutal and unjust treatment that followed over the years and centuries after Columbus’s arrival in the Western Hemisphere.  

As I understand it, Columbus was not even the first European explorer to find the Western Hemisphere. Perhaps all that was different about Columbus is that his arrival there led in rapid sequence to land grabs and domination in the hemisphere primarily by Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, and France.

The Wall Street Journal had a good article two years ago covering the widespread disagreement with having an official holiday honoring Christopher Columbus.

Instead of calling it Columbus day, I agree with those calling it Indigenous Peoples Day (see here, too). 

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