Columbus Day name change issue removed from agenda

Jun 14, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Traverse City commissioner has pulled from Monday's agenda a resolution to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

The federal Columbus Day holiday was established to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas in 1492.
The federal Columbus Day holiday was established to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas in 1492.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports  Commissioner Jim Carruthers agreed to sponsor the resolution, but says it's not ready for a vote.

The resolution was requested by American Indian activist group Idle No More Michigan.

Carruthers says he wants to give Idle No More organizers more time to get a resolution of support from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

The city of Minneapolis decided earlier this year to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.

The federal Columbus Day holiday was established to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas in 1492.