Kamala Harris Supports Changing Columbus Day To Indigenous People’s Day

David Barden

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday that she supports renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The presidential candidate’s support is part of a growing movement to re-evaluate the role of Christopher Columbus in the nation’s history and celebrate the shared history and culture of Native Americans. Columbus ― who never actually set foot in what is now the U.S. ― has received increased attention given his mistreatment and enslavement of indigenous people.

In 1992, Berkeley, California became the first U.S. city to make the change. Since then, a total of 56 cities and four states have followed suit.

“Sign me up,” Harris said when asked if she would push for the government to rename the holiday, per BuzzFeed News.

Last year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) proposed taking Columbus Day off the federal holiday list and replacing it with Election Day.

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Puerto Rico

The Genoese explorer <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/destination-hunter/north-america/caribbean-atlantic/puerto-rico/puerto-rico-history-heritage.html" target="_blank">landed on Puerto Rico in 1493</a> on his second voyage, calling it San Juan Bautista. The name changed to Puerto Rico, or "Rich Port," after European explorers discovered gold there.
The Genoese explorer landed on Puerto Rico in 1493 on his second voyage, calling it San Juan Bautista. The name changed to Puerto Rico, or "Rich Port," after European explorers discovered gold there.

The U.S. Virgin Islands

Columbus also <a href="http://www.vinow.com/stcroix/history/" target="_blank">passed by St. Croix in what is today part of the U.S. Virgin Islands</a> the same year. The United States bought the islands from the Danish in 1917.
Columbus also passed by St. Croix in what is today part of the U.S. Virgin Islands the same year. The United States bought the islands from the Danish in 1917.

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