AKRON, Ohio — After several heated exchanges during a discussion portion of the meeting, Akron City Council voted down a resolution declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.
Akron Councilman Russ Neal introduced the legislation to change the federal Columbus Day holiday to instead recognize indigenous people.
Columbus Day honors Christopher Columbus, who landed in America in 1492. Indigenous Peoples Day would have instead honored the Native Americans who were already here when Columbus arrived, leading to European settlement.
Eight council members voted against the legislation, and five voted in favor of it.
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