Bill to rename Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ clears Senate committee

Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 20:46:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY — By a 3-1 vote, a Senate committee has approved a bill that would rename Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day.

Senate Bill 170, sponsored by Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, would remove Columbus Day from recognition in the state in favor of a holiday recognizing Native Americans. Dabakis previously told FOX 13 that he believed Columbus “has really contributed nothing to civilization.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.