The state joins a number of communities moving away from the former name
Alaska has officially renamed Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples Day,” joining a growing body of local governments moving in that direction.
In an executive proclamation, Gov. Bill Walker wrote that “Alaska is built upon the homelands and communities of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the state would not be possible.” He pointed out that 16% of Alaskans have indigenous heritage, and that “the State opposes systematic racism toward Indigenous Peoples of Alaska or any Alaskans of any origin and promotes policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history.”
Whats next? Changing Christmas to Santy Clause Day? Or what about Thanksgiving to Native Americans showed us mercy day? I for one hate the name Indigenous Peoples day. Columbus does not deserve it either, but lets save changes to our culture for when China overtakes us in World War 3. Then then can change everything they want to something new. Mount Denali to Mount Beijing, Columbus Day to The Great Wall of China Day, etc.
Maybe we should just give Native Americans more money, land, college, ect instead of just changing names of holidays and landmarks. Putting their image on coins is a nice gesture as well, but matters little in the real world. There are so many people that deserve reparations from us, but we will never be able to pay back for all the horribleness we brought them taking over this Country. African Americans, Native Americans, Native South Americans/Mexicans, Eskimos, Big Foot, Chupacabras, the Buffalo, etc. But what can be done?