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Columbus Day

Dartmouth Provost Calls Students 'Cowardly' For Indian Flyers

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.14.2015 | College

Dartmouth College Provost Carolyn Dever and Dean of the College Rebecca Biron issued a campuswide email Tuesday that called people who anonymously dis...

Why We Should Keep Columbus Day

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

Columbus Day is a warning for present and future America. There are new explorers. Like Columbus, they have access to the world's deepest pockets. Like Columbus, they seek unguarded access to our country's resources and labor force.

Indigenous People's Day

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Yasmina Blackburn

My kids are sleeping in this morning in honor of Columbus Day. When they wake up, I'm going to give them a history lesson before we embark to the pumpkin patch for some fall, family bonding time. I'm going to remind them that this country was built on genocide.

Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is Like Celebrating ISIS

Craig Considine | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Craig Considine

Critics who claim that Muslims are more prone to religious extremism and violence have either forgotten or consciously ignore the West's own dark history of genocide. Christopher Columbus is not someone to be honored.

The Renames of The Day

Nastasya Trudeaux | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Nastasya Trudeaux

Indigenous People, American Indians, First Nations Peoples, Aboriginal People, Native Americans... for having so many monikers, one would think the American education system would maybe give us more than a paragraph or two in the history books.

What We Can Learn From the Atrocities of Christopher Columbus

Kevin Thornton | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kevin Thornton

The Christopher Columbus exposé posts always float around on this day. Surprise. He's not the noble brave character we were taught he was in elementa...

Happy Columbus Day! Let's Live Just As Columbus Did!

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.12.2015 | Comedy

Happy Columbus Day! Take that greeting as you want. Take anything you want! That's what Columbus Day is all about! Vine created by Alyssa Sp...

Americans Are Split Over Whether Columbus Deserves A Holiday

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

Americans are close to evenly divided on whether Christopher Columbus deserves a day devoted to him, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. A 56 per...

People Claiming #ColumbusWasAHero Are On The Wrong Side Of History

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 10.13.2015 | Latino Voices

Christopher Columbus was a cruel colonizer who enslaved thousands of people and decimated the native populations he met. He killed, raped and plundere...

Columbus Day No More: Oklahoma Indians Worship Jesus and Celebrate Native Traditions

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Indian communities all across Oklahoma and the country held ceremonies to honor their cultural heritage, their relatives, and their tribes, as well as to celebrate their faith.

Students Demand Brown University Do More To Honor Native Americans

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.12.2015 | College

Students staged a "die-in" at the Brown University campus Friday as part of a campaign urging the school to do more to honor Native Americans. The die...

How to Celebrate Columbus Day: The Definitive Guide

El Guapo | Posted 10.12.2015 | Comedy
El Guapo

There is a secret I'd like to share with you. Today is the only day of the year where you have Carte Blanche to take whatever your gluttonous heart desires from others and claim it as your own, without legal repercussions.

Italian Americans Who Fought for Justice

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

In the fight to abolish Columbus Day, we invariably hear from people who defend the holiday because it recognizes a historic figure of Italian heritage. Our response is that there are many other people of Italian heritage worthy of attention.

Ban Columbus Day? There Shouldn't Be a Debate

Billie K. Fidlin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Billie K. Fidlin

The United States perception of Christopher Columbus is filled with erroneous information. He was a killer. But yet we stand by this geneocidal tactic of celebrating one who didn't just marginalize a people, but mutilated them. Though he may be long dead, his legacy is not.

Survey: Stop Treating Native American Culture Like A Costume

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

Statistics regarding Native American youth in 2015 are bleak. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth aged 15-24. Natives have t...

Best Wishes on This Native American's Day

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.11.2015 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

This commemorative day has officially replaced or challenged Columbus Day in in parts of the United States. South Dakota official replaced Columbus Day with Native American's Day in 1989. Other states -- California, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington -- proclaimed their own official observances that take place before and after Columbus Day.

This Columbus Day, Seeking the Real History of Native Americans

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 10.11.2015 | Books
The GroundTruth Project

This year, Dunbar-Ortiz has toured the U.S. in support of An Indigenous Peoples' History and her stops have intertwined with developments tied to Indigenous rights in America.

Native American Activists Ramp Up Push To Rebrand Columbus Day

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.11.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, Oct 9 (Reuters) - About four miles from the world's largest Christopher Columbus parade in midtown Manhattan on Monday, hundreds of Native A...

Some Places Are Celebrating A Different Holiday On Columbus Day

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

As Americans celebrate Columbus Day on Monday, a number of places are moving to recognize a different holiday. Seattle and Minneapolis are among the l...

Time to Abolish Columbus Day

Bill Bigelow | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Sara Bondioli

Here's Who You Can Thank For Not Having To Work This Christmas | Sara Bondioli | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics

If you're not in the office on Christmas Day, thank your company. But government policy may have played a role in that as well, even if you aren't a f...

It's Time to Move Thanksgiving

Walter G. Meyer | Posted 01.26.2015 | Comedy
Walter G. Meyer

This will likely be as useless as quest as trying to end the anachronistic daylight savings time, but I want to give it a shot and start a campaign to move Thanksgiving.

Columbus Day Is Done. Can We Talk?

Janus Adams | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Janus Adams

We can honor Italians for their music, their culture, the unsurpassed art and phenomenal food. But, does it really harm those who would do so if we also respect the Pietro Alonzo Ninos, Norsemen -- and (Ms.) Freydises too?

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

Columbus Day and the Colonization of Land, Trees and Genes

Rachel Smolker | Posted 12.13.2014 | Technology
Rachel Smolker

We can sadly reflect on the brutal history of colonization that American Indians faced when Europeans "discovered" and then claimed their lands. Now, centuries later, the ongoing colonization process threatens to colonize not only their lands, but even the genetics of the trees in their forests that are central to their history and livelihoods.