The town of Carrboro is getting the message out a different way: by celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution October 6 to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Board of Aldermen member Michelle Johnson introduced the resolution after resident Steve Dear presented the idea last year.
“I didn’t want another year to pass by without us passing a resolution acknowledging our history and the truth about it,” Johnson said.
The push for adopting the resolution stems from the idea that celebrating Columbus’ discovery of America ignores the reality of the event.
Hertel said it is a big step forward to have Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized.
“The only day that people talk about indigenous people, broadly speaking, is on Columbus Day,” she said. “It’s talked about in a space that is challenging to begin with.”
Part of the resolution encourages local schools to emphasize the history of these populations.