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1 city, 2 celebrations: Some aim to preserve Columbus Day, but others want holiday to honor Indigenous people

CHICAGO - Amid scattered storms, a woman wearing a traditional poncho led a ceremony Monday at Pilsen's Plaza Tenochtitlan to pay respect to the contributions of Indigenous people.

A mile away, at Arrigo Park in Little Italy, Italians and Italian Americans celebrated their heritage and advocated for the preservation of Columbus Day in Illinois. They also urged the city to return the Christopher Columbus statue removed from the park earlier this year.

Despite the contrast between the celebrations, people at both rallies agreed they

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