Indigenous Peoples' Day

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indigenous dayAROUND THE NEK - A holiday that has been nationally recognized for 79 years has come to an end in Vermont.

Columbus Day has been celebrated for the last time in the Green Mountain State since Governor Peter Shumlin has announced that what was once Columbus Day will now be recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

 Shumlin made the announcement on Thursday with an executive order, making Vermont second only to South Dakota in converting the holiday. A handful of major cities have also made the switch including; Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Seattle.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a day dedicated to those who were native to the land. Shumlin encourages “all Vermonters to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of the first peoples of this land… [Vermont] was founded and is built upon lands first inhabited by the indigenous peoples of this region.”

Columbus Day has been under controversy in many places due to the gray areas surrounding Christopher Columbus. Some have questioned if Columbus was in fact the first to discover the Americas and others question the effect the discovery had on the culture.

Members of the Lyndon Clerks office say that since the holiday is not heavily celebrated the name change does not effect many people. Students still go to school and the public still has work, so the change is merely in the name. Some people are not even aware there has been a change in the holiday.