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Commissioners in Sandusky, Ohio, have voted to make Election Day a city holiday, in place of Columbus Day. Sandusky resident Moses Croom is seen here voting at a polling station at a local library in November 2008. Jason Werling/Sandusky Register hide caption

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Columbus announced last week that it won't be closing for business, saying it prefers to emphasize Veterans Day instead. Here, a statue of Christopher Columbus is seen in a file photo, standing outside the Columbus City Hall. Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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By 1495, Christopher Columbus was in trouble. The riches he had imagined finding in Asia were not materializing in the New World, and the costs of his voyages were mounting. Sending indigenous people back to Europe as slaves became his solution. Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An American Secret: The Untold Story Of Native American Enslavement

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Native American protesters have been demonstrating against Columbus Day in Seattle for several years. Protest organizers say Columbus should not be credited with discovering the Western Hemisphere at a time when it was already inhabited. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Columbus Day will be designated as Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis, which has become one of several U.S. cities to make the change. Here, a member of the Cowichan Tribes holds her hand up in prayer during a 2011 Native American protest against Columbus Day in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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