A lot of people in the United States celebrated Monday as Columbus Day.
But some cities have it set as “Indigenous People's Day.” Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis school are among a growing number recognizing the day to honor Native American contributions to the U.S.
Christopher Columbus in 1492 landed in the Caribbean, thinking he had found a shorter passage to India. His voyage in the the Pinta, the Nina and the Santa Maria actually led to the European conquest and colonization of the Americas, the deaths of millions of people already here and the kidnapping and forced labor of Africans as slaves.
Instead of celebrating that history, some school districts and cities chose to honor the struggles, accomplishments and enduring culture of Native Americans. There is plenty of room in this great big land to recognize Columbus and indigenous cultures.