Best Of 2017

Best City Council motion that failed: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Best City Council motion that failed

It seemed like a reasonable idea at the time: Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a city proclamation that celebrated the indigenous cultures that existed in Ohio and across the country before European settlers arrived. Putting it on the second Tuesday in October — Columbus Day — also didn’t seem like such a huge leap. After all, 22 other cities including Oklahoma City, Lawrence, Kansas and Asheville, N.C., have taken similar steps. But the idea, proposed by the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, was too much for Cincinnati City Council. While a few council members voted for the motion recognizing America’s first peoples, a majority abstained from the vote, giving no reason for doing so.