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S. 2919: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act

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In 1942, the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, on a transatlantic mission chartered by Spain. While it’s not technically true that “Columbus discovered America,” as is often claimed — there were already millions of people living here at the time — he was the first European to establish the European-American relationship which came to predominate world affairs for the next 500+ years. Some historians have ranked him among the 10 most influential people in human history.

Columbus also enslaved and brutalized the Native American population he encountered, including forced conversions to Christianity, stealing their land, and spreading diseases among the population.

Congress created Columbus Day as a federal holiday in 1968, …

Sponsor and status

Martin Heinrich

Sponsor. Senior Senator for New Mexico. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Sep 30, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Sep 30, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 30, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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7 Cosponsors (7 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Warren, Merkley, Kahele Lead Bicameral Letter Urging Biden to Rescind Medals of Honor Awarded to Soldiers who Perpetrated Wounded Knee Massacre
    — Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 3, 2021

Warren, Merkley, Kahele Lead Bicameral Letter Urging Biden to Rescind Medals of Honor Awarded to Soldiers who Perpetrated Wounded Knee Massacre
    — Rep. Kaialiʻi Kahele [D-HI2] on Nov 3, 2021

Warren Joins Heinrich, Luján, Torres in Introducing Bicameral Legislation to Commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day
    — Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 8, 2021

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Sep 30, 2021

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