Happy Columbus Day, unless you’re in the city of La Crosse.
Then you might want to wish someone Happy Indigenous Peoples Day.
During a public ceremony at 11 a.m. today in City Hall, Mayor Tim Kabat and La Crosse School District superintendent Randy Nelson will declare today Indigenous Peoples Day as a way to recognize native Americans rather than the Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus.
La Crosse joins Eau Claire and Madison, as well as a few dozen other local, county and state governments, that have made the same change over the last several years.
Among the reasons, as stated in the resolution: Indigenous cultures have “been severely disrupted, and yet indigenous people have survived, and continue to persevere in the face of current injustices and oppression.”
Last week, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse lecturer Daniel Green had this to say about the news: “My students and I, preparing, are having the time of our lives because we’re going to celebrate. 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.”
La Crosse’s city council will officially mark today Indigenous Peoples Day by adopting a resolution this week.