Some state and cities have started to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday of October. Now a petition at Whitehouse.gov is asking the Obama Administration to change the holiday at the federal level.
The petition was filed on October 8 and notes that Columbus Day was made a federal holiday in 1934, “when Native American nations and communities had little voice to protest the celebration of the onset of colonization and genocide in the Western Hemisphere.”
It goes on to say that “Columbus Day is a painful symbol of that traumatic past,” and that it’s time the United States government did something about it.
“It’s time for the U.S. government to acknowledge its colonial past and make a commitment to decolonization. Doing away with the celebration of Columbus, the very face of European colonialism, could be that gesture,” reads the petition. “In its place, proclaim that fateful date of the onset of colonialism as a Day of Solidarity and Mourning with the Indigenous Peoples.
“Change the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”