In his proclamation recognizing the USA holiday on october 9, Trump said, "on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions-even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity". But in the political, social, and racial climate of America today, we're having a lot of conversations about our nation's history, about our leaders, about where we are headed.
However, Cliff Matias, cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, said it's not about taking anything away from Italian-Americans.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to eliminate all references to Columbus Day as a county holiday, designating October 12 as Italian American Heritage Day and creating a new Indigenous Peoples Day. They, along with Orono, Starks and Brunswick, will draw attention to the culture of Maine's Native American tribes, rather than a brutal explorer.
Columbus Day is arguably the most divisive of all federal holidays.
"Indigenous Peoples Day represents a much more honest and fair representation of American values", said Leo Killsback, a professor of American Indian studies at Arizona State University and a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of southeastern Montana.
Trump's proclamation stands in stark contrast to Obama-era statements that used the day as an opportunity to open dialogue about both the positive and negative externalities of Columbus' discovery.More news: Sainz's farewell to Toro Rosso ends in tatters
San Francisco, Seattle, Albuquerque and Denver are other cities that have opted to replace the controversial holiday with one celebrating Native Americans instead.
And most Americans - 76 percent - believe historical figures like Columbus should be judged by the standards of conduct of their own times and not by modern standards.
"We gather during a teachable moment to discuss the ongoing impacts of that legacy and to commit ourselves to reversing them", the group said. I'm 58 years old now, so a long time.
Nationally, A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day is gaining momentum. Police are now guarding a statue in Columbus Circle, to make sure it isn't vandalized before Columbus Day.
President Trump apparently disagreed with Obama's contention that it is a history we must recognize. A few cities, like Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, have chose to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.
Asked about the review of Christopher Columbus statues on public lands ordered recently by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, also an Italian-American, Cuomo did not directly answer a reporter's question. The entire state of Alaska has renamed the day.