Other states are attempting to find a middle ground. Earlier this year, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Sitt signed legislation recognizing the day as both Native Americans Day and Columbus Day.
Some have replaced Columbus Day with other titles related to the Native American community. Summit City,
Ohio, selected "First Peoples Day" and Hawaii switched to "Discoverers Day." (MORE: The history behind Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day)
Grosso, who's advocated for the change for the last five years, said in a
statement on Monday a majority of the council has supported the idea for years, but legislation was stalled by council Chairman Phil Mendelson "without any public hearing or input."
Grosso took to Twitter to share the news after a supermajority vote of approval changed that.
"Frankly, it's an accident of history that Columbus is honored this way in the first place. Columbus Day was officially designated as a federal holiday in 1937, despite the fact Columbus did not discover North America, despite the fact millions of people were already living in North America upon his arrival to the Americas, and despite the fact Columbus never set foot on the shores of the current United States," Grosso said Tuesday during a council meeting. "Columbus enslaved, colonized, mutilated and massacred thousands of Indigenous People in the Americas."
While Grosso was backed by nine of 11 councilmembers, Mendelson and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans were present but abstained from voting.
"I fully support the establishment of Indigenous Peoples' Day, but what I don't support is eliminating Columbus Day," Evans said at the meeting. "I have gotten a number of emails, a number of calls, from constituents in my ward, largely of Italian descent, who feel that taking this action is not fair."
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), a nonprofit organization that promotes Italian American culture, published a
statement on Monday opposing the legislation, corroborating what Evans' constituents told him. STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images Stock photo.
"We believe to repeal Columbus Day as a federal holiday, which is celebrated by over 20 million Italian Americans, only to replace it by another holiday celebrated by another ethnic group, would be culturally insensitive," the statement said.
NIAF Chair Gabriel A. Battista added: "Instead of pushing aside the contributions of Christopher Columbus and the importance he holds in immigrant, Catholic, and Italian American communities, efforts should be made to find another day or a separate, standalone opportunity to honor Indigenous Peoples."
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Despite opposition, Grosso will continue his push to make the legislation permanent moving forward.
"I hope now Chairman Mendelson will recognize the overwhelming support on the Council for this important renaming and finally hold a hearing on the permanent version of the bill," Grosso told D.C. NPR affiliate
WAMU on Tuesday. Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images, FILE A person participates in the Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at Los Angeles Grand Park on Oct. 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, C.A.