Native American Day 2018
There are many holidays in the United States that celebrate the country’s indigenous population. For many places, Native American Day in 2018 takes the place of what’s traditionally known as Columbus Day, the second Monday in October (October 8). Others, however, use the fourth Sunday or Monday in September (September 23 or 24).
When Do We Celebrate Native American Day
As mentioned before, there are several holidays around the country that collectively honor the native population of the United States, though only a few are actually known as Native American Day.
The first holiday was established as a resolution in 1968 in California, where American Indian Day was to be held on the fourth Friday in September every year. In 1998, Native American Day was finally passed as a state holiday.
Similar to California, Nevada also passed a similar piece of legislation in 1997 that declared the fourth Friday of September to be Nevada Indian Day, later renamed to Native American Day.
American Indian Day in Tennessee began in 1994, declaring the fourth Monday of September as the date for their holiday. The name was later changed to Native American Day.
South Dakota is among a select group of states to have their version of the holiday (still known as Native American Day) take the place of Columbus Day, the second Monday of October, since 1989. Another state that does this in the form of Indigenous Peoples’ Day is Vermont, as well as the cities of Denver, Colorado and Berkeley, California.
Why Do We Celebrate Native American Day
Native American Day is meant to celebrate and preserve the traditions and customs of the indigenous Americans living around the country. Education and awareness of different community issues are brought up with non-natives, with different ways of celebration depending on the tribes and people in a specific state or city.
A similar holiday internationally is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, recognized by the United Nations in 1994. Observed every year on August 9, it celebrates the cultures and accomplishments of native civilizations around the world and promotes the protection and expansion of their rights by hostile governments that invaded their lands.