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CAIR Applauds Baltimore City Council’s Move to Rename ‘Columbus Day’ as ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/6/2020) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded the Baltimore County Council’s vote last evening to rename ‘Columbus Day’ as ‘Indigenous People’s Day’. 

SEE: Baltimore City Council Approves Renaming Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The council expedited the legislative process in order to have the bill approved before this year’s holiday, which lands on Monday, October 12. The bill is now awaiting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s signature of approval, which council members and advocates including CAIR anticipate will happen sometime this week. 

Members of the “Indigenous Strong” advocacy group performed cultural dances in front of Baltimore City Hall in support of the measure. Their group has been advocating for this change for years. CAIR has also been in favor of this change for years in cities and counties across the state.

The civil rights organization recently applauded Howard County government for making similar changes.  

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Move by Maryland County to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day  

“This measure has been long overdue, and it’s gratifying to be able to see Indigenous people reclaiming their history and having a day of observation to celebrate their heritage,” said CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “This is a big step forward for minorities in Maryland and helps bring recognition to other smaller groups whose voices have been silenced.” 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062; CAIR Media and Public Relations Intern Yasmeen Elkoshairi,, 240-708-0061 

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