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A petition asking the Obama administration to change the Columbus Day holiday to “Explorers’ Day” has collected more than 1,400 signatures in 24 hours.

“The goal of this petition is to expand the coverage of the Columbus Day holiday to include all of the American explorers who have risked their lives to chart the unknown on the behalf of our country and humanity,” says the June 30 submission to “We The People,” the website set up by the Obama administration that proclaims itself to be “Your Voice in Our Government.”

The petition needs a total of 100,000 signatures to be considered by the Obama administration.

Just last week, President Obama established a White House Council on Native American Affairs “to promote and sustain prosperous and resilient Native American tribal governments.”

The leaders of 30 federal departments and agencies will serve on the council.

“As we work together to forge a brighter future for all Americans, we cannot ignore a history of mistreatment and destructive policies that have hurt tribal communities,” Obama said in the June 26 executive order.

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