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DENVER, COLORADO, October 6, 2001: About 1,500 marchers converged at the state capitol Saturday, beating drums and waving flags as they called for the end of Columbus Day. The "Transform Columbus Day" rally was organized by American Indians and other activists who say Christopher Columbus was a slave trader whose explorations set off centuries of abuse for indigenous people. "The legacy of Columbus is something Indian people live with every day: the federal laws, the loss of 96 percent of our land base,'' said Glenn Morris, a member of the American Indian Movement. The Native American Indians also lost their religions as a result of the Christian missionary activity which began with Columbus.