Seattle turns to Indigenous People’s Day

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray invited city council members and tribal leaders to the Monday afternoon signing ceremony for the Indigenous People’s Day resolution.

The council approved the resolution a week ago, designating the second Monday in October as the day to celebrate the culture and contributions of Native Americans.

The second Monday in October is celebrated nationally as Columbus Day, which also has been a day to celebrate people of Italian heritage.

Some Italians were offended by the city council action. In a full-page ad Monday in The Seattle Times they say they city disrespects its citizens of Italian ancestry as an “example of this administration’s overreach and excessive political correctness at the expense of every day citizens.”