I just saw the following on Yahoo news:
..."Some states have long just "observed" the holiday, but leave local government offices open. Others use the date to revere the native population who existed long before the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria sailed in. According to a Wikipedia round-up, South Dakota declares October 12 as Indigenous People's Day. Hawaii celebrates the more general Discoverers' Day, which actually refers to the Aloha State's Polynesian founders (although the bureaucrats firmly emphasize "this day is not and shall not be construed to be a state holiday")...."
I've been watching the news televised from Honolulu and the anchors are still calling today Columbus Day. There are also Columbus Day sales all over the place. Although the article says 22 states don't celebrate the holiday, I wonder if it's really true. It's becoming more public knowledge about the horrible things that Columbus did but I guess it's hard to change the myth.
Somebody asked me if it was really so terrible for children in America to believe in these myths.