Movement offers a critical view of Christopher Columbus

Oct 12, 2015

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, but some want to see that changed.  Four states don't recognize Columbus Day and a growing number of cities have followed suit.

Some, instead, choose to honor Indigenous Peoples Day. 

"We like to believe we were not 'discovered,'" said Seneca Nation President Maurice John.

"I have no problem acknowledging Mr. Columbus or anyone else, but I know Native people were not 'discovered.'"

Historians say Columbus exploited, enslaved and murdered native peoples. 

After the recent renamings of both Squaw Island and the Lancaster Redskins, native advocates say a push against honoring Columbus on the local level could be the next step.