I remember the patriotism I felt celebrating holidays such as Columbus day.
The Eau Claire Area School District will no longer be celebrating Columbus Day. Speakers at the campus event, including Nevada Congressman Ruben Kihuen, were on hand to discuss the history, cultural leaders and resilience of native Americans, showcased by bird dancers, bird singers, pow wow dancers, Aztec dancers and drummers from the pow wow circle. The Taino treated the strangers as honored guests, but - unknown to them - Christopher Columbus had claimed their land for Spain.
His undeserved adulated status in our nation's folklore - celebrated falsely in statue and song as the man who discovered America - is as much mythology as Greek gods and superheroes who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Instead of landing in Asia, Columbus came ashore in the Bahamas, and later spotted Cuba, though he thought it might be Japan.
"Students wanted to emphasize hemispheric solidarity in order to recognize how Columbus' arrival impacted not only Native North American communities but also Native Central and South American communities, along with the Caribbean", Fayard said. As the proclaimed governor of the new land, Columbus oversaw the enslavement and destruction of the Taino nation and spearheaded the transatlantic slave trade.
However, there were a couple of people in favor of honoring Columbus Day and adding Indigenous Peoples' Day as a different day on the calendar.
San Luis Obispo has chose to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day, a unanimous decision by the city council to turn the focus to Native Americans.
The cities have declared the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day, or Native American Day.
President Donald Trump's first presidential proclamation of Columbus Day gave only high praise to the 15th century explorer, a stark contrast to the proclamation made by President Barack Obama one year earlier.
"It was one of the things that would allow them to become Americans symbolically", said Fred Gardaphe, a professor of Italian-American studies at Queens College.
"Indigenous Peoples Day is a ideal opportunity for all Alaskans, whether you're from a Native cultural background or not, to learn about 10,000 years of history", Caulfield said.
Despite the troubled history surrounding Columbus Day, a new survey, conducted by The Marist Poll, found that 76 percent of American's still support Columbus Day citing that they believe that Columbus, and other historical figures, should be judged by the standards of conduct of their own lifetimes, as opposed to modern standards, according to a press release.
Obama has also hailed Columbus' ambition and perseverance, saying his "legacy is embodied in the spirit of our Nation". The headline failed to highlight historic massacres committed against people of color within our stolen borders, and like Columbus Day, erased the suffering of marginalized communities.
This past Monday, students were given the day off for the dean's fall holiday.
"Until this federal holiday is renamed Indigenous Peoples Day or Native American Remembrance Day, I'll always be out here", ended Navarro. "Of course we should honor the indigenous people".
The legislation was drafted by students at Indian Community School.
"We are ecstatic", said Cheyanne Lozano, an member of ARISE and a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in history.
"It's disrespectful to our contributions to the society, so I don't understand why our own council will not do that for us", Golden said. I love it when I see our youth carrying on the traditions, carrying on the culture.