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Maine replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day


(CNN) – Maine has joined a growing list of states doing away with Columbus Day.

Now, the second Monday in October will be known as Indigenous People’s Day.

The change passed the legislature with bipartisan support.

Joined by representatives from several Native American nations, Gov. Janet Mills signed the measure into law during a ceremony Friday at the Maine State House. 

The move is part of an effort to confront some more controversial aspects of U.S. history.

It is also a recognition of the historical truth that Columbus was neither the first person nor the first European to set foot in the Americas. 

“Today we take a step towards healing, towards inclusiveness, towards writing that fuller and deeper history,” Mills said.

At least seven other states have changed Columbus Day into a holiday honoring Native Americans.

The change does not impact the federal Columbus Day holiday. 

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