Trump Issues Columbus Day Proclamation Without Obama's Misgivings

Trump Issues Columbus Day Proclamation Without Obama's Misgivings

Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota do not officially mark Columbus Day.

Celebration of Columbus Day has not been without controversy.

A group is gathering tomorrow at Columbus Circle to celebrate the Onondaga Nation and other indigenous people around the world.

It's a sentiment other officials seem to share. At Husmann Elementary School, I learned that Christopher Columbus founded this great land we call America and is a hero to our people. Modern scholars have shown that Columbus was a man ahead of his time, who often fought against the demands of his own men in their cries for brutal treatment of native peoples.

President Trump apparently disagreed with Obama's contention that it is a history we must recognize.

Austin, Texas, followed suit last week.

For years debate has raged over Columbus' historical legacy, some arguing that a man who opened the Americas to European domination should not be celebrated.

Indigenous People's Day, the holiday that celebrates Native American culture and its people, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Berkeley this week.

Several cities, including Seattle, Washington; Albuquerque, New Mexico; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Phoenix, Arizona, are among those celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. Berkley, California, became one of the first cites in 1992 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Leading up to the passage of the resolution, Wayne State's Native American community will host its 4th Annual Peace and Dignity Ceremony.

"There is a tremendous amount of ignorance and arrogance about our history", Jones told the paper. If they're going to celebrate Columbus, we need to celebrate the fact that we survived Columbus'.

However, many have said Columbus' discovery of America is a misconception in the country's history.

Landing of Columbus, (1847) by American painter John Vanderlyn, shows the explorer arriving in the West Indies on October 12, 1492. Viking explorers were the first Europeans to reach North America, and how do you discover a place where people are already living?

Four large US cities, including recently, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, are joining dozens of cities and several states in renaming the federal holiday, which always falls on the second Monday of October.

Of course, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio didn't endear himself to that city's Italian-American community when he appointed a commission to review all potentially "offensive" statues, including those of Columbus. According to, shortly after arriving in the New World, he "ordered six of the natives to be seized, writing in his journal that he believed they would be good servants".

He added that Columbus Day diminishes the accomplishments of his ancestors, who came "to build something and not to destroy something".

In his proclamation recognizing the USA holiday on october 9, Trump said, "on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions-even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity".