I believe some people want to change Columbus Day to Native American Day or something similar. I think there's a movement to make the day after Thanksgiving a Native American Day. The following article has more info on that:
The designation is for this year only, but groups plan to lobby for an annual commemoration day.
November 28, 2008
For the first time, federal legislation has set aside the day after Thanksgiving--for this year only--to honor the contributions American Indians have made to the United States.
Frank Suniga, a descendant of Mescalero Apache Indians who lives in Oregon, said he and others began pushing in 2001 for a national day that recognizes tribal heritage.
Suniga, 79, proposed his idea to a cultural committee that is part of the Portland-based Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. The organization took on the cause of a commemorative day, as did the National Congress of American Indians and other groups.
Congress passed legislation this year designating the day as Native American Heritage Day, and President Bush signed it last month.
Too many holidays?
When you think about it, there's a lot of redundancy in these holidays. Columbus Day: White man discovered "New World." Thanksgiving: White men founded important colony. July 4th: White men broke away from forefathers. President's Day: White man led new country.
I think we get the message from any one or two of these holidays. White men founded America! America is great! White men are great!
Do we really need to celebrate Columbus Day when we celebrate Thanksgiving? Or Thanksgiving when we celebrate July 4th? Isn't the the message kind of the same in each case? Our (white) ancestors founded a great country! Let's congratulate ourselves because we're their descendants! Hurrah!
If we were actually celebrating everyone who made this country great--not just white Anglo-Saxon Protestants--we'd replace some of these old holidays with new holidays. Native American Day, for sure. Maybe Spanish-American Day to celebrate the people who "settled" a third of US territory. Juneteenth to celebrate the emancipation of last remaining slaves--the moment the US began to live up to its ideals. Ellis Island or Immigrant Day to celebrate the waves of immigrants who contributed their many strengths to this country.
Don't look for any of these holidays soon. What the white majority of Americans want to celebrate is themselves, not the reality of America. Celebrating these new holidays would mean diminishing the self-importance of Anglos in American culture. It would mean acknowledging the importance of blacks, Latinos, Asians, Indians, and others to the American experience.
For more on the subject, see Buchanan: US "Built by White Folks."
P.S. I don't know if the people seeking these changes are organized enough to have their own organizations, Paige. I'm guessing not.