Columbus Day v. Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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NEWBURGH – The second Monday in October is traditionally known as Columbus Day, but the name may be changed to something else in the City of Newburgh.

The city council is considering renaming the day Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an idea advanced by Councilwoman Ramona Monteverdi.

“I have always had feeling about Columbus Day and changing it to Indigenous Peoples’ Day because we are on borrowed land – it’s not our land; there were native tribes that were here before us – and of course, we all know the history of Columbus coming and taking what he wanted to take. So, I think this would be a wonderful thing so the city to do,” she said.

The city’s Democratic committee brought the idea to Monteverdi.