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Indigenous Peoples' Day in Howard County 'gives a voice' to Native Americans


September 16, 2020

COLUMBIA (WBFF) Howard County has joined the growing list of cities and states nationwide replacing Columbus Day with a day that leaders said honor indigenous people instead.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Tuesday the county would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. Several other jurisdictions have done the same in recent years, including Alaska, Vermont, Maine and Oregon. Washington, D.C. also replaced the holiday with Indigenous Peoples' Day as did Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.

“I want our young people to not be raised on characters of Native Americans and indigenous peoples, but to really understand and embrace who we are because only then can we really become our very best selves,” Ball said. “As our country and community continue to reckon with history, Howard County is taking another step today to recognize the impact of Native Americans and indigenous peoples upon whose land we stand today.”


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