Oct 10, 2011 1:42 PM by David Ortiviz
A statue in Pueblo's Mesa Junction area, dedicated to Christopher Columbus, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. About 150 people gathered there this morning for an annual Columbus Day celebration. The statue was built in 1905.
Columbus Day celebrates the Italian explorer's trek to America in 1492. People in Pueblo say it's also a day to celebrate their heritage. Several gatherers waved Italian flags.
Some Native American groups want the federal holiday abolished. They say Columbus brought slavery and genocide to their people.