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It is possible that Oklahoma City might soon celebrate Native American history and culture instead of a day when some Italian explorer first set foot on their land.

“This is a good step in telling the truth about Columbus and his legacy and also honoring the first inhabitants of this land,” Choctaw Nation member Sarah Adams-Cornell told Red Dirt Report. “To form a holiday around someone who committed atrocities — murder, rape, mutilation — it’s something that needs to be addressed.”

More than a dozen Native American activists attended last week’s City Council meeting to propose Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday in October, which would relegate Columbus Day to history.

“We are talking about genocide,” she said.

Councilman Ed Shadid voiced his support for the move, telling the website: “Even for that time, he was off the charts when it came to violence.”

The issue is expected to again be addressed at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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