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The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans.

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A measure being introduced in Akron City Council next month could remove the federal Columbus Day holiday and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1934. In 1970, Congress declared the second Monday in October as the official day of celebration. Roughly 2.7 million Americans live in 54 counties, districts, cities, incorporated towns, boroughs, villages and census designated places named after Columbus, the largest of which is Ohio’s capital city. Today we'll explore the history of commemorating the explorer Christopher Columbus and what he means to indigenous peoples and Italian Americans.


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The city of Oberlin, southwest of Cleveland, will celebrate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of the federally recognized Columbus Day holiday.

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As protesters around the country push for the removal of Confederate monuments, a group rallied near the Ohio Statehouse against a different kind of statue: one of Christopher Columbus.

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Two replica Christopher Columbus ships are sailing across the Great Lakes this summer, offering visitors a chance to learn about the famous explorer's voyages. But Native American activists say the ships only tell half of a story.

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On August 3rd, 1492, Christopher Columbus led three ships out of the Spanish port of Palos in an attempt to sail westward toward the West Indies for gold, valuable spices and trading. What he encountered instead shaped history profoundly. This Columbus Day, Classical 101 celebrates the spirit of adventure, the beauty and diversity of the Native American cultures, and music from local musicians who call Columbus home.