While some in the city celebrated the traditional Columbus Day Monday, 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden made a point to wish constituents a Happy Indigenous Peoples Day.
Hadden, in her weekly newsletter, said she was one of the co-sponsors of a resultion aimed at changing the name of the day.
“The significance of this resolution goes beyond the renaming of a federal holiday,” Hadden said. “It is a way to recognize the devastation, struggles, and tragedies our indigenous neighbors endured at the hands of colonialism. It is also a way to lend recognition and celebration to their contributions of our shared history.”
Hadden’s office was closed Monday.
WTTW Chicago recently explored the issue. You can see the report here.
By Aaliyah Vlahakis