US Campaign Against Columbus Day Gaining Steam

Native peoples movement gets fresh boost as Phoenix city decides to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day.


Winslow, Arizona – A growing movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day, which aims to celebrate the culture of native peoples across the Americas, is gaining steam.

Indigenous activists have campaigned for decades for the acceptance of the holiday, saying that celebrating the arrival of Columbus is tantamount to rejoicing in the decimation of Native American populations across the continent.

"Phoenix just recognised the day, the largest city to do so," Jose Matus, the executive director of the Arizona-based Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras (AISF), Spanish for Indigenous Alliance Without Borders, told Al Jazeera in an interview.

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