Bill to replace Columbus Day with 'Indigenous People's Day' dies in Senate
SALT LAKE CITY — After a fiery debate, the Utah State Senate defeated a bill that would have renamed Columbus Day as “Indigenous People’s Day.”
“Our history did not start with Pioneer Day and the celebration we had there,” Senate Bill 170 sponsor Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, said.
Dabakis wanted a paid, state holiday to honor Native Americans. He complained that his request for a set time to debate the bill, to allow tribal members to be present for the vote, was rejected by his colleagues.