Is Columbus Day on the way out?

Posted at 10:56 AM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 10:57:21-04

Monday is a national holiday; Columbus Day.  But in areas around the country, Columbus Day is being replaced by what some say is something more inclusive.

The state of Vermont and the cities of Denver and Phoenix are joining the list of places celebrating Native Americans on the federal holiday.

Since Columbus Day 2015, at least 14 communities in the United States have switched the holiday's focus, designating it Indigenous Peoples Day.

In Hartford, Vermont, reaction to the legislation has been mixed.

"Now Vermont has built in this day in which to celebrate Indigenous peoples. I think that's fantastic."

"An educational program, or things, events that take place, an extension beyond just a name change."

In most places, Indigenous Peoples Day does not directly replace Columbus Day or make it a paid holiday if it was not already one.

According to Pew Research, 23 states and Washington DC recognize it as a paid holiday for state workers.