Lawmakers consider bill renaming Columbus Day

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Columbus Day celebrates a myth about the discovery of America and ignores the colonization that led to slavery, disease and murder, supporters of a bill renaming the holiday told lawmakers Wednesday.

Democratic state Reps. Ponka-We Victors and Boog Highberger, joined by representatives of several Native American tribes, pitched the bill to the Federal House and State Affairs Committee. The bill would rename Columbus Day — now marked on the second Monday in October — as Indigenous Peoples Day.

"The repeal is a step toward racial truth that we . . .

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