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Native Americans have been a part of the American tradition even before the United States began. However, due to hundreds of years of persecution, much isn’t left of the neighboring tribes and many have integrated into modern society.

Those still in touch with their culture, however, will remember these events and want people to remember it. Native American Day is a holiday aimed at changing the way people view Native Americans. 

History of Native American Day

Native Americans were around long before the Europeans decided to colonize and take over the wild forests and plains of the United States. But while many people consider the Native Americans to be a long-forgotten tradition, Native Americans have a steep root in culture and history that has been cultivating for thousands of years.

From the Inuit tribes of Alaska, the Seneca nations of the Northeast, the Cherokees of the South, to the Navajo of the Southwest, Native Americans exist everywhere with different cultural traditions and hundreds of dialects in their languages. By the time Europeans traveled to America during the 15ht century, over 50 million Native Americans lived throughout the continent.

Native American Day is about appreciating the long history of culture and traditions that Native Americans have preserved throughout time. The holiday is celebrated in states such as South Dakota and California. Native American Day was originally called “American Indian Day” when Govoner Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a change in 1968.

Native American Day was officially declared a state holiday in 1998, and South Dakota proclaimed the year 1990 as a year of reconciliation between Native Americans and Caucasian populations, eventually changing Colombus Day to Native American Day. People celebrate this holiday by learning about the different kinds of tribes and cultures that persisted among all odds during what many Natives consider as their genocide. 

How to celebrate Native American Day

Honor Native American cultures by learning about the tribes of your local area. Be respectful of their traditions and take the time to learn of their history. If you stand against the holiday Colombus Day, petition your congressman to change the celebration of that holiday for your state.

Help educate people about the cultures and traditions of the Native Americans by sharing this information with others. Advocate and support the Native Americans in their expression of their culture and help protect their rights by standing with them as an ally.