The reality, as many of us know, is that Christopher Columbus' landing in 1492 marked the beginning of European colonization of Turtle Island and the end of many ways of life for the people who were here to greet the lost traveller. It is not surprizing that Columbus Day is still celebrated as a federal holiday, since the US federal government to this day has not strayed far from the policies enacted by Columbus: imperialism, rape, plunder, torture, enslavement, manipulation, theft, murder, genocide...
Many Olympia area youth, adults, students and families came to the park at 5:00 and peacefully marched to the Capitol where songs were sung and passionate speakers discussed history, the present and the future with open hearts. Campaigns to alter school curriculums regarding Columbus' "heroism" and to push for new legislation for a federal alteration of Columbus Day to Indigenous Day were announced. It was a valuable and high-energy experience that reflects positively on the people that were present: we all know there are problems inherent in the celebration of Columbus' legacy and we mobilized in support of those that Columbus' legacy has displaced. The indigenous people of these lands are still here and still sovereign, still fighting for their (our) lives and destinies.