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I Read Donald Trump’s Columbus Day Proclamation So You Don’t Have To, 2019 Edition

I Read Donald Trump’s Columbus Day Proclamation So You Don’t Have To, 2019 Edition

And it is pretty much what you would expect from a President who is watching as his associates are arrested, and as impeachment comes ever closer. Whichever flunky in the White House the Chief of Staff tasked with writing this year’s proclamation merely took last year’s work, changed a few words here and there, added some details and deleted others, and probably cranked it out in five minutes. After “a perilous, two-month journey across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean,” the Proclamation…

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You Have No Excuse for Ignoring Indigenous People’s Day

You Have No Excuse for Ignoring Indigenous People’s Day

If we replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, are we guilty of engaging in partisan “revisionist” history?  Are we doing something that is unsavory, disrespectful, or mean?  American history, of course, is being revised all the time in scholarship, but also in the streets, in public spaces, and at sites of commemoration. A Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park with bloody hands: like a torn-down Confederate monument, or the Oñate monument’s missing foot, these acts of vandalism are, at…

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Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Revisited

Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Revisited

Peter Feinman does important work promoting the study of New York history. It is important to give him his due. That said, a number of recent posts on his blog touching upon subjects relevant to Native American history struck me as particularly disappointing. Over the past couple of weeks, Feinman has offered his thoughts on the Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day controversy. As many readers will no doubt recognize, a growing number of states, municipalities, and other organizations have replaced their…

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I Read Donald Trump’s Proclamation Commemorating Columbus Day So You Don’t Have To

I Read Donald Trump’s Proclamation Commemorating Columbus Day So You Don’t Have To

When it comes to native peoples, the President has become the Ignoramus-in-Chief, a bigot who issues statement after statement intended to rub salt in the wounds left by a long and traumatic history.  First, there was his reversal of the Obama Administration’s tepid opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Then there is his continuous and mocking derision of Elizabeth Warren, one of his likely opponents in 2020, who he insists on calling “Pocahontas.” And now, his proclamation honoring Columbus Day,…

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