Moscow may become the first city in Idaho to stop recognizing Columbus Day


Moscow City Council will consider declaring Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples day during its meeting Monday night.  The city’s Human Rights Commission is making the request.  If approved, the city of Moscow would change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize nations that “lived upon this land prior to the arrival of European explorers”.  The proposed resolution recognizes the many accomplishments of indigenous peoples and states that “Columbus Day and Christopher Columbus have generated much controversy in recent years”.  Columbus Day is not a holiday for the City of Moscow.  If the resolution is approved, city workers would still have to work on the second Monday in October.  Moscow City Council will consider the issue during its meeting Monday night at 7:00 in city hall.   The Moscow Pullman Daily News reports that if approved, Moscow would become the first city in Idaho to replace Columbus Day.