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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Columbus Day Officially Becomes Indigenous Peoples Day in Oberlin

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 1:21 PM

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The city of Oberlin no longer recognizes Columbus Day as a holiday.

In a unanimous decision Monday night, Oberlin City Council voted to change the second Monday of October on the calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day, becoming the first city in Ohio to do so.

As reported previously, many in Oberlin were calling for the replacement back in June, but it took two months of discussion, the formation of a special Indigenous Peoples Day Committee and two previous readings for the resolution to pass.

“Columbus has enjoyed 500 years of praise, and it’s now time to shift the spotlight,” Councilwoman Linda Slocum said during Monday's meeting, the Chronicle reported.

Naturally, not everyone was pleased with the move. One attendee even called it “a subtle form of bigotry" against Italian Americans.

The city's official calendar will change this year, and Council plans to implement other (currently undecided) actions to celebrate the new holiday.

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