A California lawmaker has proposed replacing Columbus Day with Native American Day and making it a state holiday.
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (Dâ??West Covina) introduced a bill that would make the switch for the second Monday of October.The state stopped providing state workers with the day as a paid holiday a few years ago.
The day currently honors Christopher Columbus as an explorer who was instrumental in Europe’s discovery of America. But others say that led to terrible times.
“Columbus Day is still recognized in California, despite the egregious actions taken against Native American people,” Hernandez said in a statement.