SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- The second Monday of October marks Columbus Day, a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World. But critics condemn Columbus for the slaughter and enslavement of the native people.
For that reason the Salt Lake City Council voted on a resolution Tuesday night to change the holiday name to “Indigenous Peoples Day”.
The Utah League of Native American Voters worked with council member Charlie Luke to bring the resolution forward. Salt Lake City joins 26 other cities across the country in the holiday name change.
“This change, while symbolic, is about recognizing the contributions, history, and sacrifices made by the original inhabitants of the area. It is about correcting history and building a stronger country,” said Moroni Benally Co-founder of the Utah League of Native American Voters.
The Council adopted the resolution Tuesday evening. Read the Council’s statement here.