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Portland Council To Vote On Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Portland councilors are likely tonight to approve tonight renaming the city’s observance of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Councilor Pious Ali, the sponsor of the measure, says it recognizes that the American story would not be complete without an acknowledgment of its pre-European history.

“This land was nurtured, and had been inhabited, by the indigenous people long before we were here,” he says.

Bangor and Orono have recently taken similar steps, as have other communities around the country.