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Some Cities, Native American Activists, Reject Columbus Day

“In fourteen-hundred-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” Generations of American schoolchildren have chanted this poem to celebrate the second Monday in October, Columbus Day, a U.S. federal holiday celebrating the “discovery” of America by 15th Century explorer Christopher Columbus.

But the day has long aroused the sadness and ire of Native Americans, who say it overlooks the wholesale slaughter and exploitation of the indigenous peoples of the Western hemisphere by Spanish fortune seekers.

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