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No More Columbus Day? Bill Would Change Holiday to Indigenous People’s Day

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Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would abolish Columbus Day in Maine and replace it with Indigenous People’s Day.

Supporters argue that continuing to honor Columbus sends the wrong message of glorifying colonization, racism and genocide.

“This day will provide us an opportunity to honor our indigenous people and reflect upon what their contribution means to our state’s history. This bill displaces Columbus Day,” says Rep. Scott Hamman, a Democrat from South Portland who sponsored the bill.

No one testified against the bill. The State and Local Government Committee will consider the proposal next week.