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Colleges ‘Cancel’ Columbus Day, Instead Host Events For Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday, Oct. 12 marks Columbus Day, which many colleges and universities have begun to call Indigenous Peoples Day, hosting events to celebrate the Native Americans, as well as things like “queer journeys” and “police violence.”

Efforts to abolish or rename Columbus Day are nothing new, but colleges and universities have begun to make the change, with many calling the holiday “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Campus Reform took a look at how school’s are celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on their campus:

1.  Humboldt State University 

Since 1992, HSU students have protested against Columbus Day; this year, they continue in that tradition. While they have several events, from the “White Supremacist Roots of American Environmentalism” to sewing circles, the week-long event seeks to ensure there is something for everyone.
One event is titled “Decolonizing Public History,” which will be hosted on Facebook live and proudly portrays a statue of Christopher Columbus covered in fake blood with a sign saying, “Stop Celebrating Genocide.”

2.  Idaho State University

Not content with one day, ISU will “host a week of virtual events from Oct. 12 to 15, including talks, workshops, film screenings, and Q&As.” This 4-day event by the university will host sessions such as “Reservation History and the City of Pocatello” by Yvette Tuell,” a showing of the film, “Navajo Math Circles,” and a “Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum Tour — Language and Cultural Preservation.”

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