Native American Day 2015: Where Is It Celebrated?

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Native American Day 2015 is today and it is celebrated by a variety of people in South Dakota, Arizona and California. Tennessee observes a similar holiday, which is titled American Indian Day each year. In fact, this holiday was actually originally called American Indian Day as in 1968, Ronald Reagan signed a resolution for the holiday, requesting it to be held on the fourth Friday of September. In 1998, the California Assemble made Native American Day an official state holiday, which was to be observed on the fourth Friday of September.

In 1989, the South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation to make Martin Luther King’s birthday into a state holiday and to change Columbus Day to Native American Day. And so, every second Monday in October, since 1990, has been celebrated as Native American Day in South Dakota. Therefore, South Dakota is the only state that does not recognize Columbus Day, which is a federal holiday, and chooses to honor Native American Day.

In 1994, Tennessee created American Indian Day, which is observed on October 31st each year. This date is also Halloween.

Today is also Indigenous Peoples Day and this holiday keeps growing. In fact, this year CBS News reports that Albuquerque; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Olympia, Washington will be observing the holiday for the first time in 2015.

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