The Randolph Board of Education had voted on June 10 to eliminate all the names of holidays from the school calendar, instead opting to simply label them as a “day off.” The vote was a reaction to backlash over the renaming of Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the school calendar. However, with Monday’s 8-1 vote, all the holiday names were reinstated, with Indigenous Peoples’ Day once again referred to as Columbus Day.
Some also said Columbus Day was an important part of their Italian-American heritage, with a few arguing that erasing the name of holidays from the calendar would stifle diversity rather than encourage it.
“For many years, Indigenous people have protested Columbus Day because it celebrates colonialism, oppression, and injustice inflicted on Indigenous peoples,” Nez said in a statement posted on Facebook. “Observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day allows citizens to recognize our rich heritage and represents a step toward healing and growth.”