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Yet, at Prairie Ridge High School, I learned he never set foot on American soil.

"We feel like Columbus Day should remain true to the Italians", she said.

Aguirre said people have been protesting the statue for years, and his next step is to speak with city council about taking it down.

Among the things historians have learned about Columbus: He enslaved many West Indies natives, seizing six of them the first day he hit land in 1492 to make them his servants.

"He changed the history of the world forever", Professor Philip DiNovo, Founder and President of American Italian Heritage, said. Answers began flooding in, followed by more questions.

Columbus Day is celebrated not only by the United States, but also Spain, which supported the Columbus expedition, Italy, Colombia (named for Christopher Columbus), several other South American nations, and some Caribbean islands.

Obama also mentioned the good that Native Americans have done for the country, "We have made great progress together in recent years, and we will keep striving to maintain strong nation-to-nation relationships, strengthen tribal sovereignty, and help all our communities thrive".

Trump also paid his respects to Italy, and took the opportunity to "reaffirm our close ties to Columbus's country of birth", noting that "Italy is a strong ally and a valued partner in promoting peace and promoting prosperity around the world". If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If the Spaniards ran short of meat to feed the dogs, Arawak babies were killed for dog food. In his book "American Holocaust", Stannard calls that period of 80 years "the largest ongoing holocaust in the history of humanity".

Some people are placing feathers on their doors as a sign of unity with indigenous people.

"The Bay Area is a pretty progressive place and we did not want to be the center of a national celebration of imperialism and colonialism and genocide", Curl says. If we can't have the conversation, we are missing something. Humans and human societies are far more complex than the simple-minded stick figure stories we hear from those who wish to banish Columbus.

Indigenous Peoples Day will fall on the second Monday of October in Los Angeles County, beginning no later than 2019.

"Ninety-five percent of New Mexicans are a mix of Spanish blood and Native American blood", Ralph Arellanes, a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens Civil Rights Commission, said in 2015, after Albuquerque voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. "We tried to turn it into something different, something positive".