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Continued: Columbus? It's 'Indigenous People's Day' in Mpls.

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 26, 2014 - 1:23 PM

“I represent people that have Italian history. They’re somewhat offended by this change, this recognition,” said Council President Barbara Johnson. “But I think it’s about all of us moving forward, understanding the strength that we have because of all the different groups that have impacted this community, both long ago and today — ongoing.”

Minneapolis isn’t the first city to recognize Indigenous People’s Day. The city of Berkeley, Calif., has celebrated Indigenous People’s Day since 1992. Several states also do not recognize Columbus Day.


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  • The Ringing Shield Drum circle sang before the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to recognize Indigenous People’s Day.At left, Mary Delorie and others wiped away tears during the prayer. The final resolution does not rename Columbus Day, but rather recognizes Indigenous People’s Day on the same date.

  • Clyde Bellecourt held a condor feather while praying before the Minneapolis City Council voted Friday.

  • Mary Delorie and others wiped away tears during a prayer led by Clyde Bellecourt before the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted Friday to call what has been known as Columbus Day "Indigenous People's Day"

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