Columbus Day

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some state lawmakers want to swap one holiday for another. Monday is Columbus Day, and a pair of bills would get rid of Columbus Day and make Indigenous Peoples Day a state holiday instead.

“More and more residents are coming around to the idea that rather than celebrate the barbarous history of Columbus, we should instead celebrate the very real and present and positive history of native people here in Michigan,” said bill sponsor, Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor).

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Police are investigating after someone vandalized a statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in downtown Detroit. 

An ax was taped to the head of the bronze bust and red paint was splashed on the face and chest. Since the vandalism was committed Monday, on Columbus Day, officials believe it was an act of disdain against the explorer and the federal holiday.

Columbus is credited with discovering the Americas in 1492, but opponents of the holiday feel it's inappropriate because of the genocide of indigenous people that followed the discovery.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Northern Michigan University groups are sponsoring an event opposing Columbus Day. 

The Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Native American Language and Culture Club are holding a petition drive for NMU to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

October 12 marks the day Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.  For Native people it also marks the beginning of colonialism, suppression of their culture, and discrimination. 

Downstate town creates Indigenous Peoples Day

Feb 4, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials in Traverse City have approved marking Indigenous Peoples Day on the same date as the federal Columbus Day holiday. 

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports supporters of the resolution to create Indigenous Peoples Day plan to meet this week to begin planning how to recognize it. The celebration will take place on the second Monday in October.