Indigenous People's Day

Month in Review: Top Maine News Stories in April

Apr 30, 2019
Robert Bukaty / Associated Press

Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the news that made Maine headlines in April.

Susan Young, editorial page editor, Bangor Daily News

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor, Kennebec Journal

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor, Portland Press Herald

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Maine is joining a handful of states that have renamed Columbus Day to honor Native Americans.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Maine has officially renamed Columbus Day "Indigenous Peoples Day."

On a roll call vote of 19-14, and with no debate, the Maine Senate gave final approval to change the Columbus Day Holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day.

The bill now goes to Gov. Janet Mills for her approval.

This post will be updated.

The Maine Senate has voted to support legislation that would change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Maine lawmakers are being asked to consider what seven states and more than 130 other cities and towns have done across the country: replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Elected officials in Brunswick and Portland voted Monday night to call the federal Columbus Day holiday "Indigenous Peoples Day."

At Portland’s City Council, residents and others spoke on both sides of the issue. And many - on both sides - condemned the nation's history of genocide against Native Americans, which has its roots in the European conquest of this continent.