By Kirk Mitchell
Even the group of protesters was on the smallish side and were difficult to hear across Broadway except for a few with microphones.
A Tom Tancredo supporter, Truax pushed a wheel chair with Lacy and a stuffed Uncle Sam aboard.
Group Rejects Explorer
Protesters Rally to Dispute Columbus Day’s Misconceptions
By Matthew Schneider
The non-violent protest will take place in downtown Santa Barbara at the Dolphin Fountain at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The rally will promote the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, rather than Columbus Day.
By KENS 5 Staff
Members of the American Indian movement held signs in protest of Christopher Columbus.
It happened steps away from the statue put in place to honor the explorer.
For many Native Americans, Columbus is seen as a slave trader who helped destroy Native tribes.
By Julia Terruso
"We always learn of Columbus as being this great explorer who found the new world," said Alex Jimerson, president of NASAS and a senior public health major. "You don't get the other part of the story in terms of what he did when he got here--killing and enslaving indigenous people. I learned that side from my parents."
Jimerson, who is from the Cattaraugus Reservation, south of Buffalo, wants to use the federal holiday as an opportunity to celebrate indigenous survival and to raise awareness for threats past and present, rather than to focus on Columbus alone.
Below: "The American Indian Movement paints a different picture of Columbus, claiming he committed human rights offenses against the native people."