WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette will no longer celebrate Columbus Day.
Instead, the city will refer to the Holiday as Indigenous People's Day.
The measure was sponsored by council-women Shannon Kang and Kathy Parker. It passed unanimously.
According to the sponsors of the resolution, around 185 cities across the country, including Bloomington, Indiana, have made similar declarations.
The council feels honoring Christopher Columbus is disrespectful to indigenous people in our country.
West Lafayette Mayor Johns Dennis says he supports the council making this change.
"It was basically genocide of the indigenous people of America," Dennis told News 18. "To celebrate that individual who was responsible for it seems to be disrespectful those whose relatives suffered."
The City Council hopes that the West Lafayette Community School Corporation, Purdue University, and the state Government will also make this change in the future.