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New Push On Central, South Coasts To Recognize Indigenous Peoples

There’s a push underway to get some local government agencies on the Central and South Coasts to switch their recognition of Columbus Day to an Indigenous Peoples Day.

The non-profit Tribal Trust Foundation is asking the Santa Barbara City Council, and Santa Barbara County Supervisors to pass resolutions to make the change.

Supporters say the move would acknowledge the historical legacy of the oppression of native peoples. It would also bring recognition to the Chumash as the first people to live in the region.

The move would be largely ceremonial, but organizers of the Santa Barbara based foundation say more than 100 cities, counties, and other jurisdictions and agencies have already moved to support the effort. The second Monday in October has been traditionally celebrated as Columbus Day.

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