Native American Day

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Native American Day is a holiday in the U.S. states of California and South Dakota. It honors Native American cultures and contributions to their respective states and the United States. The state of Tennessee observes a similar American Indian Day each year.


Native American Day (CA)
Observed by California
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date Fourth Friday in September
2015 date September 25  (2015-09-25)
2016 date September 23  (2016-09-23)
2017 date September 22  (2017-09-22)
2018 date September 28  (2018-09-28)
Frequency annual

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, observed annually on the fourth Friday in September.

South Dakota[edit]

Native American Day (SD)
Observed by South Dakota
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date Second Monday in October
2015 date October 12  (2015-10-12)
2016 date October 10  (2016-10-10)
2017 date October 9  (2017-10-09)
2018 date October 8  (2018-10-08)
Frequency annual

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. South Dakota is the only state to practice non-observance of the federal holiday of Columbus Day by recognizing Native American Day.


In 1994 the state General Assembly established the "fourth Monday in September of each year" to be especially observed in Tennessee as "American Indian Day" (TCA 15-2-106), "to recognize the contributions of American Indians with suitable ceremony and fellowship designed to promote greater understanding and brotherhood between American Indians and the non-Indian people of the state of Tennessee".

American Indian Day (TN)
Observed by Tennessee
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date Fourth Monday in September
2015 date september 28  (2015-09-28)
2016 date september 26  (2016-09-26)
2017 date september 25  (2017-09-25)
2018 date september 24  (2018-09-24)
Frequency annual

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