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North Port to consider renaming holiday Indigenous Peoples Day

The city commission in North Port, Florida, is scheduled to discuss an item at its regular meeting Sept. 12 that would change the name of the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the North Port City Hall. The renaming item is among the last items on the agenda. Comments can be submitted here.

City commission meetings are broadcast live on North Port’s YouTube page.

In recent years, a growing trend has seen several cities throughout the U.S. – and some states – honor Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day.

In 2021, Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to issue a presidential proclamation for Indigenous Peoples Day and he did the same in 2022. In both years, he also issued a separate proclamation about Columbus Day; the 2021 proclamation mentioned an acknowledgement about “the painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities.” 

This year Indigenous Peoples Day is Oct. 9.