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In the early 20th century, Columbus Day celebrations helped many Italian immigrants nurture acceptance in the country by honoring a man with a vital place in America's eventual founding.

Several states, including Vermont, Minnesota and Alaska have replaced the second Monday in October with "Indigenous People's Day" as an alternative to Columbus Day.

The Cincinnati City Council rejected a proclamation a year ago that would have recognized Indigenous People's Day over Columbus Day, after five of the council's nine members abstained from voting, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Bronx parade chairman Tony Signorile said he didn't extend the invite this year because de Blasio won't take a position in support of the statue.

However, not everyone in Utah is happy about it.

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"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

Still, Columbus Day is celebrated in many parts of the United States and is observed by the federal government. One is the man it honors, and how he treated the native Americans he encountered in the new world.

Since its inception, Indigenous Peoples' Day has helped to foster feelings of solidarity, dignity, acceptance and healing between the local Native and non-Native communities, according to Hallie Frazer, a board member on Berkeley's Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee and a descendant of the Quechua Nation of Peru. When native populations were all but extinct from disease, the trans-Atlantic African slave trade was ramped up to fill this slavery void.

The president of the organization told KSAT it's a free country and they won't step in unless the protestors deface the statue.

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Explaining the reasoning, Councilman Paul Lopez pointed to the Native American tribes of the Arapaho and Cheyenne, who used land on the site of what would eventually become the city.

A pair of Columbus statues in The Big Apple were recently vandalized, including one in Central Park in which a vandal painted red paint on its hands and scrawled: "Hate will not be tolerated" at its pedestal.

He noted that October is also Italian American month.

Speaking about the same, Leo Killsback, a professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, said, "Columbus Day is not just a holiday, it represents the violent history of colonization in the Western hemisphere", History.com reported.

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