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Native American Day

Honor and celebrate the rich cultures, traditions, and histories of Native Americans on this unique day! Stand with indigenous pride!
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Introduction

Join us in celebrating the vibrant cultures, centuries-old traditions, and rich histories of the original inhabitants of America on Native American Day, which falls on the fourth Friday in September! This day was originally championed by the state of California in 1968, as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, aiming to honor the cultural contributions and the historical significance of Native Americans. With a deep-rooted history spanning thousands of years, there's no doubt that Native Americans have played a vital role in shaping the country we love and know today. Stand with indigenous pride on these meaningful occasion!

History of Native American Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1968</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>California Establishes Native American Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The state of California became the first to acknowledge Native American contributions by establishing Native American Day as an official holiday.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1975</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>South Dakota's Observe Native American Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>South Dakota became the second state to establish Native American Day, offering a counter-celebration to Columbus Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bill to Establish a Federal Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>Congress received a proposal bill to make Native American Day a federal holiday, but it did not pass.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>President Bill Clinton's Proclamation</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Bill Clinton signed a proclamation designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month, acknowledging the historical and cultural contributions of Native Americans.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>President Obama's Proclamation</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Barack Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month, furthering recognition of Native Americans' contribution to the U.S.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Native American Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Attend a pow wow</h3><p class='facts-text'>Pow Wows are Native American cultural gatherings featuring music, dance, and various expressions of tribal heritage. Attending one carries the opportunity to experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Native American tribes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cook a traditional Native American meal</h3><p class='facts-text'>Celebrate by preparing a meal using traditional Native American ingredients. Corn, beans, squash, and game meats all feature in indigenous culinary traditions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Read works by Native American authors</h3><p class='facts-text'>Explore the rich literary tradition of Native Americans by reading works by indigenous authors. Consider titles like "There There" by Tommy Orange or "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Visit a Native American historical site or museum</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many cities and towns have museums or historic sites dedicated to preserving native cultures and their influence on the country. Discover local Native American history close to you.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Support Native American businesses</h3><p class='facts-text'>Make a conscious effort to support Native American-owned businesses. Whether it's jewelry, clothing, artwork, or food, your purchases help support communities and allow beautiful craftsmanship and unique cultural products to be shared more widely.</p></div></div>

Why Native American Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Native American Day Celebrates Rich, Diverse Cultures</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>We adore Native American Day because it's a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vibrant, diverse indigenous cultures that have played such a significant role in shaping the United States. From attending pow wows to cooking traditional meals, this day provides chances to engage directly with Native American heritage.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It Promotes Cultural Education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>We love that Native American Day stimulates education about the histories, traditions, and contributions of Native American tribes. Whether through reading works created by indigenous authors or visiting museums and historical sites, this day encourages all of us to learn more about these rich and diverse cultures.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Support for Native American Communities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Lastly, National Native American Day is a call to support indigenous communities. By promoting businesses owned by Native Americans, we can help sustain these communities and further their cultural visibility. This support enhances indigenous craftsmanship and allows for the broad sharing of unique cultural products.</p></div></div>

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Native American Day Dates

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2023

Sep 22

Friday

2024

Sep 27

Friday

2025

Sep 26

Friday

2026

Sep 25

Friday

2027

Sep 24

Friday

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