Cambridge renames Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day
Goodbye, Columbus Day. Hello, Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday night to rename the holiday that takes place on the second Monday in October. The resolution explicitly commemorates indigenous people and recognizes “the suffering they faced following European conquest of their land,” according to a committee report.
Ahead of the vote, local students and leaders spoke out against Christopher Columbus, saying the Italian conquerer subjugated, enslaved, and killed Native American people when he arrived in the New World in 1492.