Petitions and Protests Against Columbus Day

October 13, 2015

Most colleges and universities had regular class schedules on Monday, Columbus Day. But Native American activists and their supporters are urging colleges that do observe Columbus Day or those that don't to start observing a day to honor indigenous groups in America, and to remember how their rights were ignored. Brown University in 2009 decided to stop referring to Columbus Day as such, but instead to call it the Fall Weekend Holiday.

On Monday, students at Columbia University held a protest of the traditional holiday and students at Syracuse University organized around a petition calling on the university to recognize the day as Indigenous People's Day.

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