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Ypsilanti mayor wants Columbus Day renamed "Indigenous Peoples Day"

Oct 20, 2015

Landing of Columbus, by painter John Vanderlyn

The City of Ypsilanti is considering renaming Columbus Day "Indigenous Peoples Day."

Mayor Amanda Edmonds wrote the resolution to make the change.

She said renaming Columbus Day would be a "relatively simple" symbolic gesture to recognize the region's Native American heritage.

“[This isn't] the only thing that needs to be done to recognize, to celebrate, to honor [indigenous peoples] and to right some of the wrongs, but it is one step,” Edmonds said.

If the resolution passes, Ypsilanti would join other cities around the country that have voted to replace Columbus Day with a day celebrating the nation's indigenous populations.

In Michigan, Alpena and Traverse City have both made the switch.

Ypsilanti's city council will consider Edmonds' resolution at Tuesday's city council meeting.