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Monday, October 6, 2014
Seattle Throws Columbus Day OUT, Indigenous People's Day IN
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to now recognize what was once Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The vote was initially set for last month, but was delayed until Monday because the groups supporting the name change wanted to send a bigger message and have the Indigenous People's Day memo signed on the day itself.
Last month's meeting brought out a lot of supporters.
Columbus Day, which is next Monday, is a federal holiday that the city does not recognize.
Groups wanted the name to be changed because they say Columbus was responsible for genocide.
The delay last month was asked for by some Native American groups so the resolution would be signed on the day itself, something Mayor Ed Murray supports.