Monday is a holiday — Indigenous People’s Day — known previously as Columbus Day. How did we come to honor Columbus with his own holiday and dozens of statues?

When he arrived in the “New World,” North and South America had been inhabited for thousands of years. The people living here already had complex civilizations, including trade, religions and writing systems. They were not “barely out of the Stone Age.”

Lana Gulden is president of Susquehanna Valley Progress.

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