The Info List - Native American Day

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 by California
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date Fourth Friday in September
2017 date September 22  (2017-09-22)
2018 date September 28  (2018-09-28)
2019 date September 27  (2019-09-27)
2020 date September 25  (2020-09-25)
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.


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

South Dakota

Native American Day (SD)
Observed by South Dakota
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date Second Monday in October
2017 date October 9  (2017-10-09)
2018 date October 8  (2018-10-08)
2019 date October 14  (2019-10-14)
2020 date October 12  (2020-10-12)
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.

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 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 by Tennessee
Type Historical
Significance A day in honor of Native Americans
Date Fourth Monday in September
2017 date September 25  (2017-09-25)
2018 date September 24  (2018-09-24)
2019 date September 23  (2019-09-23)
2020 date September 28  (2020-09-28)
Frequency Annual

See also


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



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