Gov. Phil Scott says he is likely to sign a bill into law that would make Vermont one of the first states to legally rename Columbus Day.
A bill recognize to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day got final legislative approval Wednesday. Scott tells the Burlington Free Press that he and his staff were reviewing the bill, but that he saw no reason not to sign it.
Scott has continued a tradition started by former Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day by gubernatorial proclamation.
At least five states have done away with celebrating explorer Christopher Columbus in deference to Native Americans, though the federal Columbus holiday remains.