SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Don't think of celebrating Christopher Columbus here. Well, at least, not just himself.This Oct. 14 will be known as "Indigenous Peoples Day / Italian Heritage Day," following a split vote by the Southampton Union Free School District Board of Education, according to reports.The second Monday of October holiday had been known simply as "Indigenous Peoples Day" for the 2018-19 school calendar, following a 4-2 vote last year by the school board. Previously, it had been known as Columbus Day. Take a look at the photos above for last year's commemoration of the explorer in Seaside Heights' annual parade and festival.ALSO: Tear down Long Branch Christopher Columbus statue, says Latino group
Superintendent of Schools Nicholas J. Dyno argued for the change then, stating he wanted to " ... provide a more accurate representation of the complexities of history, and, finally, to recognize the past and present contribution of Native Americans to our community and throughout the world."MORE: Columbus, your ship may have sailed: Indigenous Peoples Day picks up steam With both support and resistance to the change last year, Dyno advocated adding "Italian Heritage Day" to the commemoration as a way to find common ground. A 4-3 vote on March 5 resulted in its adoption.But like last year, there were both supporters and resistance to the change, including from members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, whose reservation is within the town of Southampton.“To sit there and celebrate a man (Christopher Columbus) who has raped, murdered and stole is a slap in the face,” said former Shinnecock trustee Nichol Dennis-Banks.ALSO: Christopher Columbus XX: Hey America, my ancestor didn't cause your failingsAND: Italian-American pride on display at Columbus Day paradesLouis Gallo, who objected to the change previously, remained unwavering in his desire to keep it as Columbus Day.
More cities are celebrating Indigenous People's Day instead of Christopher Columbus Day. USA TODAY
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