Kathy Dickerson holds a sign in front of the Christopher Columbus statue in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis on October 8, 2018.

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Resolution for 'Indigenous Peoples' Day' in St. Louis Passed Out of Committee

The plan now moves onto the floor of the full board for more debate.

October 10, 2018 - 6:10 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Columbus Day would be recognized as Indigenous Peoples' Day under a resolution passed out of a committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.  

There for the vote, a local Native American who goes by the name "Basmin," who says it's a "wonderful thing."
 
"Well it's time that St. Louis showed a bit of maturity in how they recognize Indigenous People, that this is their land, and the contributions that have been made," Basmin says.

The plan now moves onto the floor of the full board for more debate. 
 
Sponsoring Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia says there are about 3,000 people of Native American ancestry in the city. She says there are no plans to shut down City Hall or any other government offices for the holiday.

Columbus Day has been celebrated for years with great fanfare on the streets of The Hill - St. Louis' traditional Italian neigbhorhood.