Native American Day


Native American Day

Native American Day is a state holiday in California, established in 1968 to honor Native American cultures and contributions to the state and the United States. Also called American Indian Day, it is observed annually on the fourth Friday in September.

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California history

Native American Day (CA)
Observed by California
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date fourth Friday in September
2010 date September 24
2011 date September 23
2012 date September 28

In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called American Indian Day, to be held the Fourth Friday in September. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday.

South Dakota history

Native American Day (SD)
Observed by South Dakota
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date Second Monday in October
2010 date October 11
2011 date October 10
2012 date October 15

In 1989 the South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation proposed by Governor George S. Mickelson to proclaim 1990 as the "Year of Reconciliation" between Native Americans and whites, to change Columbus Day to Native American Day and to make Martin Luther King's birthday into a state holiday. Since 1990 the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Native American Day in South Dakota.

Tennessee history

In 1994 the state General Assembly established the fourth Monday in September of each year is to be especially observed in Tennessee as "American Indian Day" (TCA 15-2-106).

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