SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) — The Seattle School Board approved a resolution to recognize “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the same day as Columbus Day.
The board voted unanimously Wednesday on the resolution for public schools to observe the day.
The resolution states that “the School Board has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States.”
“[T]he School Board recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible,” the resolution reads.
Matt Remle, supporter of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day, told KCPQ-TV that this movement is gaining steam.
“We know Columbus Day is a federal holiday, we are not naïve about that, but what we can do and what you have seen is a movement,” Remle said.
During a Seattle City Council meeting last month, some Italian Americans stated that Columbus Day should not be replaced.
“For most Italian Americans, Columbus Day is a symbol of pride in our heritage,” Audrey Manzanares told KCPQ.
The Seattle City Council will vote next Monday whether to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day.
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