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To President Obama: An appeal from Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to officially change the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day.
In the following excerpt adapted from An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses the violent origins of the term “redskins,” and the history of warfare and genocide it recalls.
Outlaw historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz excoriates Columbus Day as a symbol of U.S. expansionist policy that resulted in the cultural devastation of indigenous peoples in the Americas and beyond.