Lawmakers, Tribe Members Say Monday’s Holiday Should Honor Indigenous Peoples — Instead Of Columbus — Across Illinois

Lawmakers and activists gathered at Pottawattomie Park in Rogers Park Monday to demand the replacement of Columbus Day with a holiday to honor Indigenous peoples across the state instead.

Last week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners delayed a vote on replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the second time this year. The rally, organized by the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coalition, called for action from Cook County Board members who they claimed were “clinging to a racist past” — although one lawmaker acknowledged part of the board’s objection was due to how some tribes treated descendants of their Black slaves.

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