In 1989, the South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation proposed by Governor
to proclaim 1990 as the \”Year of Reconciliation\” between Native Americans and whites, to change 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. Oct. 3rd 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, are the only states to practice non-observance of the federal holiday of Columbus Day. President signed into law legislation introduced by Congressman (D-Rialto), to designate the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day. The Native American Heritage Day Bill was supported by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and 184 federally recognized tribes, and designates Friday, November 28, 2008, as a day to pay tribute to for their many contributions to the United States.
The Native American Heritage Day Bill encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe Friday, November 28, 2008, as Native American Heritage Day, through appropriate ceremonies and activities. It also encourages public elementary and secondary schools to enhance student understanding of Native Americans by providing classroom instructions focusing on their history, achievements, and contributions. The House of Representatives originally passed H. J. Res. 62 on November 13, 2007.
The bill was passed with technical adjustments by unanimous consent in the United States Senate on September 22, 2008. Then, on September 26, 2008, the House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass the legislation again, this time including the adjustments from the Senate. The legislation was signed into public law by the President on October 8, 2008. Some individual states have also taken legislative action to recognize this day.
For example, Maryland established this day in 2008 under the name American Indian Heritage Day. In addition to calling the \”National Day of Mourning,\” some Native Americans believe it is \”poor taste\” for Native American Heritage Day to be on – \”a day of excess and gluttony and greed and aggressive capitalism\” – which itself \”falls after a holiday that omits the murder and mutilation of Natives [in which they] mourn the millions of indigenous people who died as a result of aggressive settler colonialism. \”