Orono Council Votes to Rename Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples' Day

ORONO, Maine (WABI) - The Orono Town Council is renaming Columbus Day.

At a meeting tonight they allowed the public to weigh in on a change to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Following public comment the council voted unanimously to make the change.

"To let the truth be known that there were indigenous people here far before Columbus discovered America and we would like to be honored and have that venue to speak and to start the healing process," said June Sapiel a descendant of Chief Joseph Orono who was there to speak in favor of the change.

Orono is the third municipality in the state to do this..

The holiday falls on Monday, October 9th this year.