The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to give Columbus Day a very different name: Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The council voted Wednesday to replace Christopher Columbus' name on the holiday with a celebration of indigenous people, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported.
Columbus Day, recognized by the government as a federal holiday, is celebrated on the second Monday of October each year.
The proposal to replace Columbus’ holiday was introduced in November 2015 by Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation tribe, because of what he called "Columbus' legacy of extreme violence, enslavement and brutality'' and "the suffering, destruction of cultures, and subjugation of Los Angeles' original indigenous people, who were here thousands of years before anyone else.''
The motion passed with the exception of one councilman — Joe Buscaino — who voted against the proposal. Buscaino is expected to introduce a second proposal that would schedule an Indigenous Peoples’ Day to take place on Aug. 9, and replace Columbus Day with "Embrace L.A. Day."
Buscaino sided with Italian-Americans against the holiday change, who view Columbus Day as a celebration of their Italian heritage.