Seattle considers renaming Columbus Day

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by Gary Chittim, KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 6:39 PM

SEATTLE -- The Seattle City Council next week will consider a resolution to change the name of Columbus to "Indigenous People's Day."

Native American tribes have been pushing for the change for years and successfully persuaded the Minneapolis City Council to make the change earlier this year. It was a unanimous vote.

The native groups argue that Columbus Day has been celebrated as the beginning of European domination of the Americas.

"By changing it to Indigenous People's Day is saying that you see that we have rights and you're offering you respect to work with us on a government to government level as equals," Lummi Tribal member George Jameson said Friday.

Council Members Bruce Harrell and Kshama Sawant introduced the resolution, which is on the agenda for discussion Tuesday.

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