Goodbye, Columbus? L.A. councilman wants to establish Indigenous Peoples Day
Will Los Angeles say goodbye to Columbus Day and hello to Indigenous Peoples Day?
City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced a motion Friday asking city staff to look at making Indigenous Peoples Day a legal holiday in Los Angeles. If the idea is ultimately approved, it could replace Columbus Day. That would put L.A. in the company of cities like Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Seattle and Minneapolis.
“Los Angeles is the most culturally diverse city in the United States, and we must find a way to honor the profound sacrifices made by countless tribal members through the centuries,” said O’Farrell, who is a member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe. “This is about righting one of the greatest slights that any ethnic group has ever had to endure.”
Declaring the day a holiday would give city employees a paid day off.
On Friday, the council celebrated American Indian Heritage Month. Throughout the year, the council also celebrates months dedicated to the Latino, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
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