Native American Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Native American Day is a holiday in the U.S. states of California and Nevada celebrated annually on the fourth Friday of September, as well as in South Dakota on the second Monday in October in lieu of Columbus Day. 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 on the fourth Monday of September.


Native American Day (CA)
Observed byCalifornia
SignificanceA day in honor of Native Americans
DateFourth Friday in September
2018 dateSeptember 28  (2018-09-28)
2019 dateSeptember 27  (2019-09-27)
2020 dateSeptember 25  (2020-09-25)
2021 dateSeptember 24  (2021-09-24)

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.


In 1997, the state of Nevada also declared the Fourth Friday of September as [Nevada Indian] Native American Day.[1]

South Dakota[edit]

Native American Day (SD)
Observed bySouth Dakota
SignificanceA day in honor of Native Americans
DateSecond Monday in October
2018 dateOctober 8  (2018-10-08)
2019 dateOctober 14  (2019-10-14)
2020 dateOctober 12  (2020-10-12)
2021 dateOctober 11  (2021-10-11)

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.

On Oct 3, 2017, The Proclamation of Native American day was announced by the Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Accepting the Proclamation would be the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota representatives of Sioux Falls.

South Dakota and Vermont, which celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day, are the only states to practice non-observance of the federal holiday of Columbus 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 byTennessee
SignificanceA day in honor of Native Americans
DateFourth Monday in September
2018 dateSeptember 24  (2018-09-24)
2019 dateSeptember 23  (2019-09-23)
2020 dateSeptember 28  (2020-09-28)
2021 dateSeptember 27  (2021-09-27)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Section 1.  NRS 236.040". Laws of the State of Nevada. 1997. Retrieved 2 June 2017.



South Dakota[edit]