Indigenous People's Day 2017: All the Memes You Need to See

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"I felt maybe the mayor, with all due respect to him, he could've put his feet down and said from the beginning, 'We're going to leave history the way it is, this is all part of history, '" said Tony Signorile, the president of the Bronx Columbus Day Parade Committee.

Columbus did not actually discover America as many believe, Green said, but rather stumbled upon the Caribbean Islands. "We do this because our history book erase such history".

"This land that all of us inhabit is stolen land - stolen from the indigenous people who were slaughtered and forced onto reservations", Assemblyman Charles Barron told The Post, adding "they should be recognized in replace of Columbus Day".

Among the communities to have officially gone to Indigenous Peoples Day as of a year ago are East Lansing and Ann Arbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Columbus Day to be a national holiday in 1937.

Rather than commemorating the explorer Christopher Columbus, who has come to be seen as a controversial figure in recent years, the new holiday focuses on the lives of the people he and other European explorers encountered in the New World.

More than 3,000 people RSVP'ed for the Indigenous Peoples Day event on the group's Facebook page, but an organizer pointed out that many of them are not local. In Portland, Oregon, school board officials chose to supplement Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day.

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Gonzales says embracing Indigenous Peoples Day helps people and communities recognize positive contributions of native people.

Obama also mentioned Native Americans in 2014, proclaiming, "we also recognize the suffering inflicted upon Native Americans and we recommit to strengthening tribal sovereignty and maintaining our strong ties".

But in recent years, the holiday has come under fire from people who see Columbus not as a courageous leader, but as a conquerer whose voyages led to the death and relocation of millions of indigenous Americans who were living in North America when he showed up. He called upon the people of this country to celebrate the day with ceremonies and activities. One of them was Los Angeles.

Despite the anti-immigrant sentiment at the time, Italians during the 19 century sought to place a Christopher Columbus monument as memorial to their fellow countrymen.

"Burying history is the worst way", Brophy said. Overall, the poll found that Americans support Columbus and the observance of Columbus Day by almost a 2-to-1 margin.

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