Indigenous People's Day

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Today is Columbus Day, a national holiday that, again, revives the annual fight over whether or not to memorialize Christopher Columbus.

To some, Columbus Day is merely a day off from work. Others view it as traditional holiday that commemorates an explorer’s arrival to the Americas. Still others shun it as an inappropriate national holiday that should not be celebrated -- or should be redefined.

A movement to recognize Native Americans on Columbus Day is attracting more cities around the nation.

WBFO News by Mike Desmond

With the pounding of drums, a small group which had marched completely around Lake Ontario protesting nuclear plants arrived near Hoyt Lake,  part of the U.N.'s Indigenous People's Day.

The event in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society concluded with storytelling of a better world and of the Peacemaker forming the Iroquois Confederacy 1,000 years ago.

The ceremony included Seneca drumming and a song honoring women of peace.