Descendants of Blacks enslaved by indigenous people push back against renaming Columbus Day at county hearing

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Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore said Monday that before a vote can be taken on changing the holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day, tribes should "acknowledge their role in the rich history of Black slaves."
Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore said Monday that before a vote can be taken on whether the county should change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, major tribes in the U.S. should "acknowledge their role in the rich history of Black slaves."

Moore, who said he is a direct descendant of a Choctaw Freedman, said tribes have unfairly denied descendants full tribal membership — and are excluding them from such benefits as education and housing assistance and casino profits.

"They are discriminating against us, and if they do not want to recognize the Freedmen and their descendants, they should no longer accept nor receive federal taxpayers' dollars based upon the census population of the Freedman," Moore said in a statement.

Moore's remarks came as the Cook County Board debated a resolution Monday on changing the October holiday.

Opponents, including members of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans, feared that renaming the holiday would hinder an annual celebration of Italian-American culture. Others supported an Indigenous Peoples' Day but one that did not interfere with Columbus Day.

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