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Council Legislation Renames Columbus Day to Native American Day in Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s County Council, recognizing the history, culture, and accomplishments of Native Americans in Prince George’s County and across the nation, has adopted legislation renaming Columbus Day to Native American Day in Prince George’s County.
At-Large Council Member Mel Franklin (D), proposer of the legislation, says renaming Columbus Day to Native American Day honors the sacrifices and contributions of Native Americans and ensures that this national holiday accurately reflects history.
“The native and indigenous peoples of Prince George's County and the United States have significantly contributed to the rich fabric of history and culture we celebrate in our communities and should be rightly recognized. Whether it is the Piscataway-Conoy tribe in the County, or the many Native American tribes indigenous to every region of our nation, recognizing their place as the 'First Americans' is long overdue.”
Council Bill-008-2019, adopted unanimously by the County Council in September, takes effect November 8, 2019. The renamed holiday will be formally celebrated as Native American Day in Prince George’s County for the first time, on the second Monday in October 2020.