Akron City Council Rejects Indigenous Peoples' Day Proposal

Sep 12, 2017

The Akron City Council has voted to kill a resolution that would have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the council voted against the change Monday in an 8-to-5 vote, splitting along racial lines.

“All eight white members on council voted to kill the bill,” the Beacon Journal reports. “The five minorities voted to support it.”

Councilman Russ Neal, who proposed the change, said it would help correct "the wrongs of the genocide that took place" and encourage celebration of Native American culture.

The proposal was opposed by groups representing Italian-Americans, who said it sought to diminish contributions made by Christopher Columbus and other Italians. 

In August, Oberlin City Council voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.