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The celebration of Columbus Day, held on the second Monday of every October, has become growingly contested in recent years, with more USA cities choosing to honor the nation's indigenous people with their own day, which has been recognized by the United Nations since 1994. City officials will keep offices open Monday and close them for Veterans Day next month.

Like with banks, the post office is closed on federal holidays, so there will be no mail on October 8 this year.

All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler.

"On Columbus Day, we commemorate the achievements of this skilled Italian explorer and recognize his courage, willpower, and ambition - all values we cherish as Americans", Trump wrote.

A dozen US cities - including San Francisco and Cincinnati - have stopped celebrating Columbus Day and will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, according to CNN.

But in recent years, efforts to de-Columbus the US have grown in strength and size, thanks to the famed navigator's increasingly problematic historical reputation: Christopher Columbus, after all, kicked off a horrific genocide, treated non-white people as sub-human, and wasn't even the first European to happen upon the Americas. Of note, in Hawaii the second Monday in October is known as Discoverers' Day, and it is not a state holiday.

The organizers of the celebration actually expanded the event and now add people to the Columbus Day hall of fame. "We especially honor the many voices of Stanford students, staff and faculty who engaged in thoughtful inquiry, compelling conversations and scholarly research to better understand the complex impact of the Serra name and legacy for over three years ..."

"New York is leaps and bounds behind the rest of the country in recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day, but also in acknowledging the fact that Columbus did not discover America", he said.

Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color hosts Indigenous Peoples' Day Read-In on from 11:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.in the Student Union Building Atrium.

Alaska just made the switch to Indigenous Peoples' Day previous year, and cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and Ithaca, New York, have done the same.

It's still a federal holiday. The inaugural Indigenous People's Day celebration brought the story of the first settlers of Southwest Oklahoma to light - both to celebrate and to educate. "Celebrate the different heritages and cultures, and we kind of do that in a different way, but maybe (do it) on a (grander) scale". In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Columbus Day a national holiday.

On the other side of the holiday, Columbus is a major figure in Italian-American history.

It's not only Native populations that are harmed when we continue to celebrate Columbus year after year.


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