(CNN) – Still a holiday but with a different focus – calls for switching Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day are happening in many places across the country. While some support the idea, others are unsure.
Vermont has hopped onboard, at least for this year. On Thursday, Governor Peter Shumlin declared Columbus Day “Indigenous People Day.”
Hartford Town Manager Leo Pullar said the proposal was brought up in a meeting back in August. Ever since then, he’s been doing research. He says the Select Board won’t vote on the idea for months. Even if they go for it, the state has the final approval.
Pullar says he still wants more community input before the vote is taken.
Historians largely agree that Christopher Columbus did not “discover” the Americas because people were already there; nor was he the first European to reach the “New World.”
“One of the biggest misconceptions about Columbus is that he was righteous. The truth is that he was wicked and responsible for the rape and murder of innocent indigenous people,” said Dr. Leo Killsback, who was part of the movement to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in Phoenix.”We should question why we as Americans continue to celebrate him without knowing the true history of his legacy, and why a holiday was created in the first place. He never landed in the USA.”
Since Columbus Day 2015 at least 14 communities in the United States have passed measures designating the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day.