Trump Marks Columbus Day, Praises Explorer's Drive for Discovery as 'core of the American spirit'
President not among officials opting to mark Indigenous Peoples Day instead
October 16, 2019
There are some public officials, cities and states which prefer not to recognize Columbus Day on Monday, opting instead to mark Indigenous Peoples Day, also known as Native Americans Day.
At least eight states, 10 universities and more than 130 cities across 34 states now observe Indigenous Peoples Day as an alternative to the federally recognized Columbus Day, which they say glorifies the mistreatment and colonization of Native Americans, according to USA Today.
President Trump, however, instead has issued a formal proclamation recognizing Columbus Day, citing Columbus as a “great expl...