He wasn't even the first European to do it.
Columbus" own 1492 "discovery' of America is controversial itself with some pointing out Viking explorer Leif Erikson arrived long before the Italian.
For the first time in its history, Columbus, Ohio - which was named for explorer Christopher Columbus - is not observing the federal holiday named in his honor this year because money is too tight, city officials said in a press release late last week.
O'Farrell was principal sponsor of legislation the council passed a year ago designating the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day in the nation's second-largest city.
For Joe Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, the decision was easy.
When asked how the city made the change, and whether it had done so through a process that was open to public debate, Davis said the decision to stay open on Columbus Day "was agreed upon by all of the unions that represent city workers during regular contract negotiations over the a year ago".
"This issue is a lot like the Confederate flag for southerners".
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On Twitter, Warren, who's been dubbed "Fauxcahontas" or "Pocahontas" by Republicans for her reported heritage claim, celebrated the "Native American communities" but conspicuously left out any reference to herself. "Yet the specifics of this holiday run so deep into human suffering that we need to shift our pride elsewhere", he said.
Columbus, Ohio is not celebrating Christopher Columbus' federally recognized holiday, and will instead honor military veterans in its place. Not mentioned were the words indigenous people or Native Americans.
"New York is leaps and bounds behind the rest of the country in recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day, but also in acknowledging the fact that Columbus did not discover America", he said. When Cincinnati followed suit last week, member station WVXU reports, it did so "to celebrate the thriving culture and value that all indigenous people add" to the city, and to recognize "the annexation of indigenous homelands".
Retail businesses: Most department stores and retail shops will be open.
"Columbus didn't know that his voyage would spread diseases across the continents, of course, but disease wasn't the only problem".
But others disagreed and said the holiday should be changed. No movement has coalesced in Congress to rethink the public holiday, which was popularized by Franklin D. Roosevelt and later fixed to the second Monday in October by a 1968 law. So, the city chose Veterans Day. Now, for 2018, the groups say they will "once again will be rethinking Columbus Day with a focus on Indigenous people, their attractive cultures and traditions".