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Students say no to Columbus

 

Associated Press

 

LAWRENCE - Students at Haskell Indian Nations University have long objected to annual observations of Columbus Day, and now they would like the City Commission to rename the holiday.

Members of the university's American Indians Studies Club want the commission to designate the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day.

That isn't going to happen in time for today's holiday, because the commission doesn't meet until Tuesday. But Haskell students are planning a demonstration and march today to draw attention to the issue.

The event is scheduled to start at noon at South Park, near the Douglas County Courthouse, and is to include a march to the Haskell campus.

Willow Bonga, a Haskell student and club member, said Columbus Day "is in essence celebrating our genocide instead of celebrating our survival."

"It was a time when it decimated our populations and brought the natives to the ground," she told the Lawrence Journal-World. "It only was by our pure strength that we were able to rise up and still be in existence today."

Mayor Sue Hack said she respects the students' views, but she said it is an issue probably better handled by state legislators.

"I think you are exactly right about the history," Hack told students during last week's City Commission meeting. "But our policy has been to not use proclamations to make a political stand or do something that the state should change."

Commissioner Boog Highberger, however, said he was in favor of adopting a proclamation changing the name. In 1992, the city declared it American Indian Day, but the tradition didn't stick.

"I think the history of what happened to native people is a story that doesn't get told well enough," Highberger said. "I know how those of us in Lawrence would feel if someone were celebrating William Quantrill Day."

Quantrill was the Confederate guerrilla leader who led a sack of Lawrence during the Civil War.

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Zero,

He didn't find shit, people were here.

He thought it was India, He wasnt even a Guido.

Because of his stupidity he has a half ass holiday.

I had to work today.

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Yes, other than the fact there were people already occupying the continent he mistakenly found, I believe there was at least one or a few others who landed on america but weren't smart enough to claim it.

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not sure, but im sure there were people who unknowingly landed on the continent, maybe chilled for a little bit then left

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I mean it was only the 14th century silly them...

He wasent either.

He had alot of nuts to explore but he was an asshole.

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In the end who cares what anyone thinks about Columbus...

 

It's not like anyone is gonna run outside and give the land back to those savages anyways.

 

Corporations are the new Columbus..

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In the end who cares what anyone thinks about Columbus...

 

It's not like anyone is gonna run outside and give the land back to those savages anyways.

 

Corporations are the new Columbus..

 

the savages are taking the land back slowly. THEY CANT DEPORT US ALL !

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