This morning I would have been up at 5:30 am to get ready to go to school. Instead I slept in, had a great breakfast and completed a few chores. It is nice to have a long weekend from time to time but this holiday doesn’t mean much more to me. In fact, the principle behind this holiday is disheartening. Each year on the second Monday of October, Christopher Columbus and his invasion in the West is celebrated as a federal holiday. Some school districts, federal institutions and banks are closed for Columbus Day. Though memorialized for the first time in 1972 in New York City, Columbus day became a federal holiday under President Roosevelt. We really need to rethink this day and which honors the tragic and brutal annihilation of the indigenous people who were “so called” discovered.
Below is a link for the Native America Rights Fund. This is a non profit that provides assistance for tribes, individuals and organizations. They also post information about events and ways to donate.