Cincinnati council votes to recognize Oct. 8 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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CINCINNATI (WLWT)  — In a 6-2 vote, the Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution declaring Oct. 8 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cincinnati.

The second Monday in October also marks the celebration of Columbus Day, commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

The recognition of Columbus Day has been called into question in recent years, and several cities across the country have adopted holidays celebrating the indigenous populations of the Americas rather than Columbus.

“We can’t re-write history, but we can acknowledge the millions of people who didn’t need to be discovered,” Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach said.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas.

It was proposed as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day that would promote Native American culture and history.

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