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Politics & Government

Columbus Day name change issue removed from agenda

Portrait of a Man, Said to be Christopher Columbus.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Traverse City commissioner has pulled from Monday's agenda a resolution to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports  Commissioner Jim Carruthers agreed to sponsor the resolution, but says it's not ready for a vote.

The resolution was requested by American Indian activist group Idle No More Michigan.

Carruthers says he wants to give Idle No More organizers more time to get a resolution of support from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

The city of Minneapolis decided earlier this year to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.

The federal Columbus Day holiday was established to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas in 1492.