Discovering a Better Day

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Cartoon: A sepia tone cartoon showing Miwok and Ohlone Native Americans paddling tule canoes. The caption reads, "long before Columbus got lost sailing the ocean blue, Ohlone & Miwok were paddling the Bay all around you."Indigenous Peoples Day, which began as a Bay Area counterprotest to Columbus Day, may be one step closer to being recognized as a federal holiday.

With the rich tradition of Native Americans around the Bay (and beyond), the absolute least we could do is turn over a day to honor the people who lived here before colonialism and suffered so much because of it.

It would sure beat a holiday that honors a failed navigator who spread disease, enslavement and genocide.