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Town changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

Published: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 10:25 a.m. CDT

DAVENPORT — The City Council has decided Davenport will mark Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 9, not Columbus Day.

The council made the proclamation at its meeting Wednesday at the request of the Native American Coalition of the Quad-Cities. The effort was brought forth after concerns about celebrating Christopher Columbus and the history of mistreatment of Native Americans locally.

Indigenous Peoples Day began in 1977 at the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the America.

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