Indigenous Peoples Day

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2020 DateOctober 12, 2020
2021 DateOctober 11, 2021
Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day History

Indigenous Peoples’ Day seeks to acknowledge and honor Native Americans and their history. This day aims to inform people about the history of Native Americans and the mistreatment they faced throughout U.S history.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first observed in 1989 by the Governor of South Dakota, George S. Mickelson. Mickelson had backed a resolution to change the controversial Columbus Day to Native American Day, now known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It is observed annually on October 12th.

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Indigenous Peoples Day Facts

  • Nearly half of the U.S states received their names from Native American words. Utah, for example, comes from the Ute tribe.
  • Thousands of Native Americans served in World War I. In return, the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 was enacted, granting citizenship for Native Americans.

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