Indigenous Peoples Day In Kansas

Peyton Adams, Reporter

Democratic lawmakers are encouraging Kansas to join several other states in honoring Native Americans instead of Christopher Columbus. On Tuesday, The House Federal and State Affairs Committee heard three lawmakers speak about Kansas needing an Indigenous Peoples Day because Columbus’ legacy has changed over time.

John Barker, Committee Chair, says he doubts the bill will get a vote. Democrat Boog Highberger, a lead bill sponsor, said he wouldn’t be surprised if John Barker fails to hold a vote. Native American advocates have been pushing for an indigenous peoples day because Columbus helped in the genocide of indigenous people in America.

Representative Stephanie Bryers says we need to “broaden Kansans awareness of native peoples and to honor their story, culture, and resilience.” One way to do that, advocates say, is to honor Indigenous Peoples day rather than Columbus day.