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National Congress of American Indians Adopts Resolution Calling for Removal of The Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway from All Portions of Interstate 10

November 15, 2022

On October 13, 2020 the County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a motion directing the Chief Executive Office, in partnership with the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission and the Department of Public Works to collaborate with our partners in the state legislature and the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) for the removal of the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway designation of the Interstate-10 (I-10) freeway and any signage. On November 15, 2021 LA City Council adopted a resolution authored by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (Wyandotte Nation) supporting the removal of the designation.

On August 31, the California Legislature approved passage of ACR 177 (Bloom/Ramos) removing the “Christopher Columbus” designation on the California segment of the I-10, reversing a previous legislative resolution adopted in 1976. The Resolution reflects another significant state and local effort to promote cultural sensitivity. The resolution requires that if there are any efforts to replace the removed signage, these efforts should involve public input and feedback, including input and participation from the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and the LANAIC.

The National Congress of American Indians adopted Resolution #SAC-22-022 Calling for Removal of The Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway Designation from All Portions of Interstate 10 sponsored by LANAIC Chair and NCAI member Cheri Thomas at the Annual Convention in Sacramento.  The resolution calls for the removal of the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway designation from all portions of Interstate 10 by tribal nations in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida in conjunction with their respective state legislatures.

Last modified: November 15, 2022

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