The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) supports the students, faculty, and administration of Northern Michigan University in their call for NMU to recognize Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and condemns the NMU Board of Trustees’ decision to reject the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Columbus Day represents many things to different people. However, history cannot be denied. As his own journals attest, Columbus willingly engaged in the murder and enslavement of the Indigenous peoples he met on his travels. As a symbol, Columbus Day represents the nearly complete dispossession of Native Americans from their homelands,and the genocide and ecocide that have been and continue to be a part of that colonization.