Descendants of Blacks Enslaved By Native Americans Push Back Against Chicago's Proposal to Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day

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This week Black people who say their ancestors were enslaved by Native Americans pushed back against a proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous
Peoples' Day at a public hearing in Chicago.

The American Indian Center and others pursuing the change say the day should be changed because Christopher Columbus' cruelty toward native peoples, but the measure was met with opposition during the May 24 hearing as the Cook County Board debated the resolution.

"Establishing a Day to recognize the contributions of and diversity within Indigenous populations of the Western Hemisphere is appropriate and necessary to ensure these histories are not forgotten; and…The abolishment of Columbus Day promotes a more equitable and inclusive city for all Chicagoans," according to the ordinance

Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore said that before the vote on the proposal can occur, tribes in the U.S. must "acknowledge their role in the rich history of Black slaves."

Moore says ancestors were slaves to the Choctaw Nation. He said his push to delay the committee vote on the proposal isn't about Columbus Day but is more "personal," related to the Choctaw Nation's…
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