Columbus who? Mankato will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

(Mankato, MN) – Set sail, Columbus.

The Mankato City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day.

A proposal for the resolution was made to the city council in April, backed by a petition led by Dave Brave Heart.  A clause in the resolution that stated that Christopher Columbus committed “untold atrocities” against the Indigenous Peoples was removed before it’s passage.

Mayor Eric Anderson and council member Dennis Dieken both voted against the proposal.

Mankato joins Minneapolis and St. Paul, Red Wing, and Two Harbors as cities who have made the change to Indigenous Peoples Day.

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