SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- October 12, 1492 is a subject of much debate in 2017.
Questions on what to do about a now-controversial Columbus Day have reached the Syracuse City School District. The board is considering renaming the day as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
"I was very hopeful that they would pass it," said Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation member Cindy Squillace.
Squillace and other neighbors have been advocating for the change inside the school district, and at the city and county levels. One by one Wednesday, school board commissioners expressed support for the name change.
They ultimately voted to table the resolution to next spring. Commissioner Katie Sojewicz voted against that decision.
"I've made up my mind,” Sojewicz said. “I think it's the right thing to do, and that's not going to change."
Advocates for the name change say it's long overdue, and the contributions and culture from indigenous people long overlooked. They said they'll continue their push as the board hears from the community.
"We just need to do some more education, and we're up for that," Squillace said.
Sojewicz says the board also wants to be heard.
"We're not trying to diminish any contributions of anyone, but it's important, especially for groups that have for hundreds of years felt marginalized, that they're honored," she said.
The name change could be more than symbolic. District leaders said they will review their curriculum and make sure all history being taught is accurate.
The school board will revisit the issue in spring 2018. Wednesday, they also discussed the possibility of using both Columbus and Indigenous in naming the day.