In­dige­nous Peoples Day to call for re­plac­ing Colum­bus Day

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — The sec­ond an­nual In­dige­nous Peoples Day cel­e­bra­tion will take place to­day at Grand Park, and will em­pha­size a recog­ni­tion of Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil­man Mitch O’Far­rell col­lab­o­rated with the city and county’s Na­tive Amer­i­can In­dian Com­mis­sion to fo­cus on the theme of “past, present and fu­ture” of Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture and to call for ac­tion from state and fed­eral law­mak­ers to re­place Colum­bus Day with In­dige­nous Peoples Day.

“In­dige­nous Peoples Day is a time to cel­e­brate all na­tive cul­tures, but ev­ery­one is in­vited,” O’Far­rell said, adding that the event “will help el­e­vate the im­por­tance of hon­or­ing the con­tri­bu­tions and sac­ri­fices made by our an­ces­tors while putting the cha­rade of Colum­bus Day and the false nar­ra­tive that he per­son­i­fies in the past where it be­longs.”

Chrissie Cas­tro, the chair of the Los An­ge­les City-County Na­tive Amer­i­can In­dian Com­mis­sion, said the adop­tion of In­dige­nous Peoples Day in place of Colum­bus Day is im­por­tant for na­tive tribes.

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