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Manitou Springs to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day

Maintou Springs City Hall
Posted at 3:04 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:29:45-05

MANITOU SPRINGS — The Manitou Springs City Council has approved a resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day.

An announcement released Thursday said the City recognizes the fact that it was built on the homelands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe tribes of the region.

The council passed the resolution on Feb. 16, 2021, proclaiming the second Monday in October as Indigenous People's Day.

“As a city that was built on the lands of the indigenous peoples of this area, it is our duty to respect their many contributions to our society and celebrate the knowledge and cultural impact that the indigenous people of this region have had on us all. While doing so, we must also oppose the systemic racism that they have experienced since Europe’s arrival in the United States, and recognize the wrongdoings of the past," Manitou Springs Mayor John Graham said.

Find a link to the draft resolution here.