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 . . .