May 09, 2007

Colorado keeps Columbus Day

Columbus Day critics denounce "political cowardice"They have gone to jail, written letters to the editor, and spoken at schools.

Yet those who want to repeal the state’s Columbus Day holiday have been unsuccessful.

So Tuesday, they held a press conference on the steps of the Capitol, denouncing state leaders for not taking action.

Their "political cowardice," said American Indian Movement of Colorado member Glenn Morris, "has set the stage for additional conflict."
American Indians:  Dems Failed Them On Columbus DayHe said AIM felt the recent turnover that put Democrats in charge of the House, the Senate and the governor's office for the first time in 42 years was a good opportunity after Republicans rejected previous attempts.

Morris said Indian leaders were stunned when they were told by Democratic leaders and Gov. Bill Ritter that the time wasn't right because it would be too divisive.

"It's not divisive to have a racist holiday?" Morris asked on the steps of the Capitol.

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