Transcript from the morning news brief on Vermont Public Radio on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, with Mitch Wirtlieb (thanks to Meg Malone for providing this):
Governor Phil Scott has named October 8th Indigenous People’s Day to celebrate native people’s place in history.
The governor’s proclamation acknowledges Vermont was founded on land first inhabited by Abenaki people and their ancestors.
Rich Holschuh is a member of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs.
The second Monday in October is often celebrated as the federal holiday, Columbus Day. Holschuh says renaming the day is not meant to diminish Columbus’ importance in American history.
“It’s completing the story; it’s not replacing a story. I’m not in favor of taking Columbus out of the history books. He needs to be in there because his actions and the actions of others have had tremendous effect, and we need to recognize what that effect is.”
This is the third year that Vermont governors have recognized Native Americans through an executive order.
Holschuh says he hopes the Legislature will take up the issue and make the change permanent.