Proposed bill would change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day in Maine


    Columbus Day in Maine could soon become "Indigenous Peoples' Day." (MGN Image)

    AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Columbus Day in Maine could soon become "Indigenous Peoples' Day."

    Lawmakers in Augusta held a hearing on a bill Monday, that would rename the state's holiday.

    It's celebrated on the second Monday in October.

    Several Maine communities have adopted Indigenous Peoples' Day, including Bangor and Portland.

    At least five states have done away with celebrating the explorer Christopher Columbus, out of respect to Native Americans, but the federal Columbus holiday remains in place.

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