CHICAGO (CBS) — Oak Park celebrates more than Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day.
Oak Park trustees voted to make the second Monday in October “Indigenous People’s Day.”READ MORE: University Of Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Man In Hyde Park Shootout Also Shot Student In 2018
Village spokesman David Powers said it better reflects the inclusive nature of Oak Park.
“I think it’s a day to express, sort of demonstrate, to honor the history of America’s indigenous people and to celebrate the contributions they made to the country,” he said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Bitter Cold, But Snow Is On The Way
Powers said the day also recognizes the suffering America’s indigenous people faced following the arrival of European settlers on the continent.
But he said “Indigenous People’s Day” is not intended to reflect negatively on Christopher Columbus.
“It does not have anything to do with Columbus, it is more less to recognize that there were people here practicing injustices through colonization. These people are incredibly important to the history of the country. They needed to be recognized,” Powers said.MORE NEWS: Chicago Auto Show's First Look For Charity Gala Fundraiser Set For Feb. 11
He said Indigenous People’s Day is much more than about one person.