Native American Day
When is Native American Day? This holiday is observed on the fourth Friday in September
Today is Native American Day. Originally, it was called American Indian Day. This day is set aside to honor and celebrate Native Americans, the first Americans to live in the U.S. Still commonly referred to as American Indians, the term “Native Americans” has been used in recent years as a sign of respect and recognition that they were indeed the first indigenous people to populate our great and wonderful nation. However, it is important to note that they were not the only native society in North America. American Eskimos are also native Americans.
By the time the first explorers and settlers arrived from Europe, Native Americans had populated the entire North American continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf of Mexico to the northern reaches of Alaska and Canada.
How to Celebrate Native American Day
- Celebrate Native Americans.
- Learn more about the history and culture of native Americans, including the American Eskimo.
- Watch documentaries about native American societies.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – – John Lennon
History and Origin of Native American Day
This special holiday dates back to 1939. California Governor Culbert Olsen dedicated this day as American Indian Day. The state of Nevada soon followed suit. As people learned the word “Indian” was derogatory, the name of this holiday was changed. The date was also changed.
In 1968, then Governor Ronald Reagan made a resolution which was passed in the state Assembly declaring the fourth Friday in September as Native American Day. Nevada also made this an official holiday. Over the years, the popularity of this holiday grew and became popular across the country.
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