Latest Columbus Day News

2 decades, over 700 miles: Trail system to mark milestone

Nov. 30, 2019 11:13 AM EST

BRAMWELL, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 20 years ago, a new ATV trail was opened as an economic development project for southern West Virginia. Nobody was sure if any riders were interested in trying the new trails, but they came, they rode, and after 20 years they keep coming in ever greater numbers. The...

Native American population grows in Clark County

Oct. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's Clark County has one of the fastest growing Native American populations in the country but local leaders say they're struggling to receive the recognition they deserve. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that between July 2017 and 2018 the number of Native American people living in...

Providence mayor says he'd consider moving Columbus statue

Oct. 15, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence said Tuesday he would consider moving a Christopher Columbus statue that was vandalized. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza told WPRO he'd entertain the idea of moving the statue from the city's Elmwood neighborhood to the Federal Hill neighborhood, which is known...

Columbus statues vandalized on US holiday named for him

Oct. 14, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint and messages against the 15th century Italian navigator Monday when the U.S. holiday named for one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas was being celebrated. A statue in Providence, Rhode Island, was...

Some states celebrate indigenous people instead of Columbus

Oct. 14, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. New Mexico, Vermont and Maine are among the latest to pass measures doing away with Columbus Day celebrations in deference to...

The Latest: Columbus statue defaced in Southern California

Oct. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on Columbus statues defaced around the country (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A statue of Christopher Columbus in a Southern California park was found to be vandalized with red paint on the federal holiday honoring the 15th century Italian navigator. The San Diego...

Protesters interrupt Columbus Day parade over jail concerns

Oct. 14, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Several people have been taken into police custody after about two dozen demonstrators briefly interrupted a Columbus Day parade in upstate New York to protest jail conditions. The protesters linked hands to block the street as Binghamton's 60th annual Columbus Day Tournament of...

Maine celebrates 1st Indigenous People's Day

Oct. 14, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainer's are celebrating a new holiday. Maine lawmakers officially replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day which is being marked for the first time on Monday. Lawmakers decided to rename the holiday that honored Christopher Columbus because atrocities he and other European...

Virginia capital to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day

Oct. 14, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's capital city will recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, joining a shift away from a day traditionally reserved for honoring Christopher Columbus. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has asked city employees and residents to use Monday as an opportunity to reflect on the...

No Worcester Columbus Day parade for first time in century

Oct. 12, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — New England's second-largest city won't be hosting a Columbus Day parade this year for the first time in more than a century. The Telegram & Gazette reports the committee that organized the Worcester parade was dissolved in December. Columbus Day is Monday. The committee...