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Minneapolis to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Apr 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-25 17:57:52-04

MINNEAPOLIS – The day typically reserved for Columbus Day may soon be celebrated under a different name in Minneapolis after the city council and the city’s mayor approved a resolution.

KMSP FOX 9 in Minneapolis reports that the second Monday in October would be recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day.

The idea of Indigenous People’s Day was first proposed in the 70s by a delegation of Native nations at a United Nations sponsored conference. That proposal has been adopted in various cities.

FOX 9 reports that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said: “This act recognizes and celebrates the native people who still live on this land and will foster stronger relationships moving forward. I am grateful to the community for organizing to make this a reality and am honored to sign this resolution, something I promised last summer I would.”

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