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October 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Choose a different day than Columbus Day

On Oct. 6, the Seattle City Council unanimously declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle, and encouraged other institutions to recognize the Day — reaffirming the city’s commitment to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community [“Seattle council faces backlash from…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Italian Americans, Joseph Grande

October 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Indigenous People’s Day: Not all Italians support Columbus Day celebrations

Those supposed leaders in the Italian-American community who oppose Indigenous People’s Day on the same day as Columbus Day do not speak for all of us of Italian descent [“‘Basta!’ Italian Americans to fight Seattle’s Columbus Day slight,” Local News, Oct. 9]. They certainly don’t speak for me. I, and many others, agree wholeheartedly with the long-overdue…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Kshama Sawant

October 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Columbus Day: Name change is an attempt to delete a part of U.S. history

Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same date as Columbus Day is an attempt to delete a part of U.S. history [“‘Basta!’ Italian Americans to fight Seattle’s Columbus Day slight,” Local News, Oct. 9]. European exploration of the Americas led to subjugation of New World natives and African slaves. It wasn’t pretty. But it’s…

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Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Phillip Johnson

October 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: City Council has more pressing issues

Instead of trying to rewrite a perceived long-ago historical global injustice, perhaps our City Council should focus on present and future Seattle problems for which we elected and pay them, such as inadequate infrastructure, crime, income disparity and rising rents [“Holiday to honor indigenous people? Seattle council to vote,” Local News, Oct. 5]. Changing Columbus Day…

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Comments | More in Seattle City Council | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, John Bellavia