Columbus Day Or Indigenous Peoples Day
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ABC - Columbus Day has become a controversial holiday over the years, and, as people push to remove more of his statues, some Italian Americans are asking for more unity as they celebrated the date today. "It's a day of celebration, it's a day of tradition, it's been around for over 130 years, and this is our 69th annual Columbus Day Parade, so we're very, very excited for the return," said Ron Ornesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. At the same time, ahead of the parade, Native American groups and their supporters gathered in support of Indigenous Peoples' Day instead. "Each October, when Columbus is honored, it further diminishes and erases native people, their history and their culture," said Les Begay, the co-founder of Indigenous Peoples' Day Illinois.