- Courtesy Jerima King
City Council President Richard Skorman has officially met the demands of indigenous activists who've been working for years to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with "Indigenous People's Day." Last week, he issued a proclamation recognizing the new Oct. 9 holiday. The activists say it's wrong to celebrate explorer Christopher Columbus, whom they blame for the genocide and erasure of their ancestors.
Recognizing Indigenous People's Day instead was proposed by Councilor Yolanda Avila and approved by Skorman. Since this recognition isn't legally binding, the proclamation didn't require a full vote in front of Council. Skorman read the proclamation at a pow-wow at Rock Ledge Ranch at Garden of the Gods on Sept. 23.