Austin City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus Day is no more in the corridors of City Hall.

The Austin City Council on Thursday voted to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday that celebrates Native Americans.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday, so it has not been eradicated, but interim City Manager Elaine Hart did say city calendars will no longer refer to the holiday named for Christopher Columbus.

The vote was 9-1-1, with Council Member Ellen Troxclair against and Council Member Alison Alter abstaining.

“We have a saying that Columbus didn’t discover America, he was lost,” Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria said.

Austin American-Statesman via Archive.org

No more Columbus day, it is Indigenous People’s Day as of this year, here in Austin. I cared so much one way or the other about this holiday that I forgot it was today until I checked Facebook. Ah, an article from Stonekettle Station called Whitewash. Yep. Pretty much covers it. I couldn’t care less about Pluto or Columbus, but I don’t think much of a country that has to pretend to a history it doesn’t have.

Let’s call it Clyde Tombaugh Day.

Stonekettle Station, Whitewash

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I'm a freethinking, unapologetic liberal. I'm a former CAD guru with an architectural fetish. I'm a happily married father. I'm also a disabled Meniere's sufferer.

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