Mayor Jim Throgmorton has proclaimed Monday, October 9 as "Indigenous People's Day" in Iowa City.
The second Monday of October marks Columbus Day, a US holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World.
Columbus Day is already eliminated from City of Los Angeles calendars after a vote in August by the L.A. City Council.
Moroni Benally, co-founder of the Utah League of Native American Voters, called the holiday declaration a "symbolic" change that empowers his people. While acknowledging that fact, the resolution states: "We would like our residents and businesses to celebrate and continue to learn about the contributions today of Native Americans to our society and their history". "It is about correcting history and building a stronger country". She said Indigenous Peoples Day would be a step forward.
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The Utah League of Native American Voters prompted the new Salt Lake City holiday, sponsored by City Councilman Charlie Luke.
Tuesday afternoon, people rallied outside the Historic Metro Courthouse in support of a resolution requesting the second Monday in October also be known as Indigenous Peoples Day.
"I'm now taking a Native American literature class and after learning about Columbus and how he was a rapist and how he abused the Native Americans, I'd have to say I would rather support Native Americans than Christopher Columbus", health care systems administration sophomore Emily Laforce said.
Dabakis joined the crowd of supporters in front of City Hall on Tuesday, saying to cheers, "What the hell did Columbus do for Utah anyway?"