Indigenous People’s Day Celebration Randalls Island, NYC, October 7 2019. Photo: Rachael Bongiorno

By Amin Adem, age 14 

Representatives Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first two indigenous people to be elected to Congress, together with support from Reps. Norma Torres (D-CA), Don Young (R-AK) and Betty McCollum (D-MN), introduced a resolution on October 11, 2019, to make the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.

Rep. Haaland introduced this resolution because she wants people to know that Christopher Columbus was not the hero that he is celebrated to be. “Oh my god, he was horrible,” she told Huffington Post. “He killed people. He brought disease … and all the future eras that would happen within our U.S. government and our country. I’m surprised so many of us survived that. We need to start learning about the true history of our country, not the fiction that started with Columbus being some force for good.”

This resolution is yet to be voted on to become a law.