Indigenous People's Day

The Montana House voted to change the name of Columbus Day to Montana Heritage Day Tuesday.

BOZEMAN (AP) — A mayoral proclamation will add Bozeman to the Indigenous People's Day movement.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Mayor Carson Taylor is set to read the proclamation before city commission members Monday, establishing the holiday on the second Monday in October to coincide with the federally recognized Columbus Day.

Carson's proclamation calls the federal holiday an affront to people indigenous to the Americas, and says the city celebrates their resilience in the face of genocide.

Supporters of the change filled the commission chamber in January. Montana Racial Equity Project executive director Judith Heilman said racism is an ongoing tragedy.

At least nine cities celebrated Indigenous People's Day for the first time last year, including Albuquerque and Portland.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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