That’s the question posed by Senate Bill 317, which has a hearing this morning. It calls for re-designating the second Monday of October from “Discoverers’ Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

The bill states in part:

Accomplishments of the indigenous voyagers who founded and settled the myriad islands of the Pacific ocean more than one thousand years before Christopher Columbus was born; and

Countless indigenous peoples who perished worldwide as a result of confrontations between indigenous peoples and Europeans, along with the survival of their descendants.

SB 317, introduced by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, has the support of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

Note: Civil Beat previously reported that this bill had died. To indigenous populations everywhere, we regret the error.


Photo: Voyagers. (Arley L.)

—Chad Blair