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La Crosse leaders to mark shift to Indigenous Peoples Day with city hall ceremony



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.


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