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In 1937, the U.S. Congress declared October 12 a federal holiday, naming it Columbus Day.

At a time when some communities were dropping "Columbus" from the October holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, Cuomo, an Italian-American, suggested Italian-American heritage can be honored as well as Native Americans.

The second Monday of October is recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in Mount Pleasant, however, in other cities throughout the US, it is still celebrated as Columbus Day.

The Austin, Texas, City Council voted Thursday to drop Columbus Day and celebrate "Indigenous Peoples Day" instead. Here are some of the reasons why.

Italian-Americans consider Columbus a symbol of progress.

"That statue of Christopher Columbus stands here today as a testament to our immigrant tradition, and Italian-American tradition", state Sen.

This debate over Columbus Day continues as many fought this summer over the toppling of Robert E. Lee statues and other historical figures.

Worthington said that although the city of Berkeley "gets it" in its decision to replace Columbus Day, it still has a long way to go in terms of acknowledging Native American rights.

He added that Columbus Day diminishes the accomplishments of his ancestors, who came "to build something and not to destroy something".

Sagaskie is proud Mount Pleasant recognizes this day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

On a municipal level, celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day is a shift adopted in some parts of the country. It is marked across the Americas, and became a USA holiday in 1937.

"We do not celebrate him because of what he did negatively", Angelo Vivolo from the Columbus Citizen's Foundation told 1010 WINS' Roger Stern. "We do this because our history book erase such history".

Their stories didn't make the history that the winners wrote, but they too should be honored and appreciated. Most observances where held to mark Columbus' historic voyage. Demographics encourage different celebrations.

The renaming push has been met with backlash from some Italian-Americans, who said the change disrespected their heritage.

"The Knights of Columbus joins the vast majority of Americans in celebrating Columbus Day", said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, the organization's CEO.

President Donald Trump's first presidential proclamation of Columbus Day gave only high praise to the 15th century explorer, a stark contrast to the proclamation made by President Barack Obama one year earlier.

"We discovered Columbus, lost on our shores, sick, destitute, and wrapped in rags". The problem isn't that what he did that was inhumane or whether we'd be here without him - it is the misinformation. "He represents the mascot of American colonialism in the Western Hemisphere".

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