PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. - Prince George’s County Council is replacing Columbus Day with Native American Day beginning in 2020.
The council noted that Oct. 14, 2019 will be the county’s final official Columbus Day.
The bill arrives on the heels of a similar measure passed by the D.C. Council, which voted Tuesday to rename the day traditionally reserved for Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.
“The native and indigenous peoples of Prince George's County and United States of America have contributed to every element of the rich fabric of history and culture in our communities. Whether the Piscataway-Conoy tribe here in Prince George's County or the many Native American tribes indigenous to every region of our nation, recognizing their place as the 'First Americans' is long overdue," said Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin - the bill's lead proposer.