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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 05:56 AM

More than 60 cities and states in the US no longer observe Columbus Day

(CNN)Columbus Day has been a political lightning rod for states, cities and municipalities around the US for years now. Most recently, Vermont and Maine joined the small contingency of states that have renamed the October holiday to "Indigenous Peoples' Day" to recognize the native populations that were displaced and decimated after Christopher Columbus and other European explorers reached the continent.

Technically, Columbus Day is a federal holiday, which means it is recognized by the US government and thus brings the closure of non-essential government offices, and, usually, places like post offices and banks.
But states and local governments can choose not to observe a federal holiday. And, as is the case with a growing number of places, change the name and intent of the October holiday altogether.

Here's a list of states, cities and other local governments that have chosen to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, as well as some places that don't observe the holiday at all.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/22/us/indigenous-peoples-day-columbus-day-trnd/index.html

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