A statue honoring explorer Christopher Columbus on the mall of Minnesota's State Capitol is the target of new legislation that seeks to recast his role.

A bill introduced Wednesday by more than a dozen lawmakers would order an architecture board to change the engraving on the 86-year-old statue's pedestal.

The engravng would read "Christopher Columbus Landed in America" instead of the current "Christopher Columbus Discoverer of America."

The legislative sponsors are mostly DFLers, but there is one Republican on the bill, a retired history teacher.

Columbus' role has long been a source of cultural and historical friction. Among the concerns is that his exploration of the Americas didn't bring him to the North American mainland.

Minneapolis recently converted the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous People's Day.

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