Los Angeles has voted to rename the holiday named after Christopher Columbus to commemorate Native Americans. The measure was passed as statues of the 15th-century explorer have been destroyed in recent weeks. Members of the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on Wednesday. The day will

remain a paid holiday for all city employees, but will not be officially renamed until 2019. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation tribe who introduced the motion two years ago, said that by changing the name of the day, the city has established a “fitting holiday that we can all be proud of.” “Today is a moment where we took a step that is righteous, that is just, that is healing, and that is historically clear,” O’Farrell said. MORE