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Reader Opinion: Replace Columbus Day

We have many "patriotic" holidays in this country, and a few special ethnic holidays, such as Kwanza, Yom Kippur and Cinco de Mayo. In a state with so many Indian bands, it would seem to make sense to have a day to honor the Native Americans.

We have many "patriotic" holidays in this country, and a few special ethnic holidays, such as Kwanza, Yom Kippur and Cinco de Mayo. In a state with so many Indian bands, it would seem to make sense to have a day to honor the Native Americans.

I would like to encourage you to ask Rep. Heintzeman to vote in favor of HF 1858. The purpose of this bill is to celebrate the heritage of the original peoples in this state, while replacing a holiday (Columbus Day) which has the effect of strengthening past atrocities and stereotypes about European Americans, Native Americans and the contacts between them. The revised holiday (Native American and Indigenous Peoples' Day) has already been approved in Minneapolis, Bemidji, Redwing and other locations, with the support of Native Americans and Euro-Americans.

Patricia Scott

Brainerd

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