San Francisco: Out with Columbus Day, in with Indigenous Peoples Day

SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 25: A statue of Christopher Columbus is seen next to Coit Tower March 25, 2005 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco's 49-Mile Scenic Drive was opened in 1939 as a guide for visitors to The City's 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. The route includes most of San Francisco's major sights as well as winding through many of the city's colorful neighborhoods; giving visitors a look into the diversity and beauty of the area. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(KRON) – San Francisco supervisors have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, saying they want to honor Native American people and condemn the atrocities they suffered.

Los Angeles and Minneapolis are among the cities that already renamed the holiday to celebrate people who were here before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Tuesday’s vote in San Francisco upset some Italian Americans who say they’re losing the October holiday meant to celebrate their unique heritage.

The vote was 10-to-1 with Supervisor Aaron Peskin voting no. He represents the historically Italian North Beach neighborhood.

Supervisor Norman Yee said he hopes the board can find a way to honor Italian Americans.

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