Statues

UNC gives controversial Confederate statue to Confederate group

Confederate statue Silent Sam at Chapel Hill
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced it is giving its controversial Confederate statue, Silent Sam, to a Confederate heritage group, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The statue has caused tensions to run high at the university, especially after students toppled it over a year ago. UNC's decision allows the statue to be preserved, but keeps it away from school grounds, notes the Post.

Go deeper: 112-year-old Confederate statue in N.C. is removed

America's shift from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

A float celebrating the day.
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Many Americans got the day off Monday because of Columbus Day, but the federal holiday is instead being celebrated as Indigenous Peoples Day in many spots throughout the nation.

The big picture: Roughly 10 states and 100+ U.S. cities observe some version of Indigenous Peoples Day this month. Native American advocates have been working since the early 1990s to get states to make the swap, the AP reports.