Native Village Youth and Education News
October, 2009


Brown votes to rename Columbus Day
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Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University is taking the “Columbus Day” out of Columbus Day weekend.

Brown's faculty has voted to establish a new academic holiday in October called “Fall Weekend.“ The long weekend coincides with Columbus Day.

Hundreds of Brown students had asked the university to stop observing Columbus Day, citing the explorer’s violent treatment of Native Americans he encountered. Reiko Koyama, a sophomore who led the effort, says celebrating Columbus Day seemed inconsistent with Brown’s values.

 Brown will remain closed on Columbus Day, in part to avoid inconveniencing staff whose children might have the holiday off.

Many other colleges are open on Columbus Day but give students short breaks later in the semester.

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