Over Columbus Day, October vacation is now officially Indigenous Peoples Day
(Oct 7, 2021) The holiday Monday long known as Columbus Day will officially be known as Indigenous Peoples Day in Nantucket, starting this Monday.
“Look at the real story. Columbus has not done anything positive for indigenous peoples, ”said Darius Coombs, cultural awareness coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. “He killed, spread disease and stole. He did a lot of horrible things. How can you celebrate a man like that?
The name change stems from an 81-49 vote at the town’s annual meeting in June, drafted by Emily Osley, to officially change the name of the party on all town records. Save a few items in the Whaling Museum and a Wampanoag funeral Site plaque on Surfside Road, the article says, Nantucket pays virtually no homage to the history of the original Aboriginal population.
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