An Arizona Democrat wants the state to replace Columbus Day with a holiday celebrating native Americans.

State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, a first-term Democrat from Tuba City, introduced a Senate bill that would replace the October state holiday with “Indigenous Peoples Day.”  In the same bill, she is proposing to rename Native American Day, acknowledged each year on June 2, as Native American Civil Rights Day.

Peshlakai represents District 7 in the State Senate, which includes the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona. She is a member of the Navajo and she was elected in 2017.

The movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day has grown steam in recent years. According to NPR, it was first proposed during a 1977 United Nations conference, and in 1989, South Dakota became the first state to swap the holiday for Native Americans Day. Michigan, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are the most recent states to adopt the new holiday, according to CNN. In Arizona, it is acknowledged by the cities of Flagstaff and Phoenix.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1934, following a decades-long push to celebrate America’s discovery. It is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October. Critics of the holiday say it celebrates genocide and oppression of native people.

Peshlakai’s bill is Senate Bill 1026.


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According to and the Library of Congress, the first celebration of Columbus Day took place on the 300th anniversary of his first voyage on October 12 1792, when New York’s Columbian Order—also known as the Society of St. Tammany—held an event to commemorate the anniversary of Columbus’s landing. After that, various celebrations around the country started popping up to honor Columbus.

Why not keep it what it's called? Why does everything have to be changed for ethnic reasons? He discovered America for all.


i have 100% support for native americans,but these people being used to replace columbus day is proof of liberals agenda, give native americans there own day,quit using people to push your agenda

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