Columbus Day is on its way toward getting erased from the calendar — at least in the city of La Crosse.
A city council committee has approved a resolution to recognize what would be Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.
The city would join just a few dozen other communities across the nation making the move, and it’s about time, says Daniel Green, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
“My students and I, preparing, are having the time of our lives because we’re going to celebrate,” Green said. “On Monday, we’re going to replace de facto Columbus Day — this villian that we’ve heard about — with some recognition from a long, suffering people.”
The full council will vote on the resolution that’s sailing through the city council approval process. Mayor Tim Kabat already has plans a proclamation marking the day on Monday.
Green says this is a long overdue based on what he calls, the acts of “villain” and the subjugation of Native people.
“We don’t need to interpret this,” Green said. “This is not revisionist history. What we got, the story of the hero admiral, was revisionist history.”
Part of the resolution recognizes that the city of La Crosse was “built upon the homelands of indigenous people” and the city was a “removal point for native peoples.”