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Spokane City Council votes in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 Monday in favor of renaming Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples' Day.

More than 100 people showed up to Monday's meeting to testify about the decision. During the two hours of public testimony, local tribal members spoke out about why the name change is so important to them.

"It's great to see a lot of different people here. It's not just about indigenous people, but it's about all people," said Donell Barlow.

People also showed up to voice their opposition to the name change, saying honoring Christopher Columbus is important to people of Italian heritage.

"Christopher Columbus, to the Italian Americans, in the whole United States, that's the person we link to from a historical point of view, to celebrate our culture. Nothing more and nothing less," said Tony Bisceglia Anderson, President of Order Sons of Italy in America, Northwest.

With the resolution passing Monday, the city is now encouraging local businesses and groups to promote and recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day this fall. 

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