Tuesday, October 13, 2015

UIS Students Working To Change Columbus Day To Indigenous People's Day

Monday, October 12th is Columbus Day, the day when Americans remember the life of the man who helped discover North America.

But on the UIS campus, the student government association is trying to pass a resolution to change the October holiday. The resolution would rename the second Monday in October to Indigenous People's Day as a way to recognize certain ethnic groups that have been ignored by history. If the resolution passes, the SGA will form a committee to find ways to celebrate the holiday.

Duane Malany says many students and faculty at UIS support the resolution.

Columbus day is recognized as a federal holiday and observed as a state holiday in Illinois, but UIS students do not get the day off.

This story appeared online on WICS Newschannel 20 on Monday, October 12, 2015.

Watch the story here.