Columbus day event draws supporters and protesters in Pueblo

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Indigenous Peoples' Day occurs every year on the second Monday of October, a day traditionally celebrated as Columbus Day, but in recent years have shifted focus to illuminate the experiences of Native Americans and Indigenous People, who were almost exterminated in parts of what was known as "the New World".

All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler.

As the stigma around Columbus Day has changed over the course of some years, people have been quick to highlight the atrocious acts of Christopher Columbus, which includes rape, genocide and torture, leading many to protest the holiday under his name.

Indivisible Aurora, a community advocacy group, sent out a press release asking the city to replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous People's Day.

Some Americans, including Ramapough Lenape Chief Dwayne Perry, have begun to celebrate Indigenous People's Day as an alternative to Columbus Day. In 1971, it was fixed to the second Monday in October.

"We have a number of veterans who work for the city, and there are so many here in Columbus", a city spokesperson said, according to the paper.

One thing both sides can agree on is that no matter what you call the holiday, it's far more than a day off. Ohio's capital city, population 860,000, will be open for business Monday after observing Columbus Day probably "for as long as it had been in existence", said Robin Davis, a spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther.

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By now, you probably know Christopher Columbus didn't discover America.

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Attendees are invited to camp overnight because on Monday, the celebration will begin bright and early with a sunrise ceremony at 7 a.m. Matias said the ceremony is one of the most handsome events of the two-day celebration, and is lead by elders from numerous different tribes involved with Indigenous Peoples Day. In blue states especially, communities now recognize Columbus as a slaveholder, rapist and plunderer of gold; a total of 56 cities and four states have followed Berkeley's example.

"Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history", the mayor wrote when announcing the decision last month. "Celebrate the different heritages and cultures, and we kind of do that in a different way, but maybe (do it) on a (grander) scale".

So what does that mean for the fate of Columbus Day at the federal level?

An organizer of the local Italian-American Festival says it's an obvious attempt to be politically correct, and a missed opportunity.

"Like clean water, like healthy earth", said Brooke Colley, chair of Native American Studies at SOU.

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