NATIVE AMERICANS DAY
When is Native Americans Day in 2023?
Native Americans Day in 2023 is on the Monday, 9th of Oct (10/09/2023).
Native Americans Day is on the 282th day of 2023. There are 83 days left in the year.
Native Americans Day Facts
- Date: Oct 09, 2023
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- Celebrations: Celebrations; Organize programs focusing on traditions, background, and the culture
Native Americans Day is a holiday in South Dakota observed under different names in other states. The Day became a holiday in 1989 when the South Dakota legislature passed the replacement of Columbus Day with Native American Day. It was majorly because 10% of the South Dakota population is comprised of Indian Americans. In 1990, the holiday was observed for the first time in South Dakota and has since been celebrated every year.
When is Native Americans Day?
Native Americans Day is marked on the second Monday of October. The Day is also observed in New Mexico, California, and Berkley but under the name Indigenous People’s Day.
Is Native Americans Day a public holiday?
Native Americans Day is a state holiday in South Dakota. Therefore, the residents of South Dakota enjoy a day off, unlike in most other states where Native Americans Day is not recognized as a state holiday.
What is open or closed on Native Americans Day?
Being a day off to the general public, government offices, organizations, schools, and most businesses remain closed on Native Americans Day. However, essential service providers like the police and fire departments are still on duty despite being a day off. The public transport may also be affected and only operate on holiday timetable.
Things to do on Native Americans Day
Native Americans Day is a time to learn about the native people and their contributions to the United States. The Crazy Horse Memorial is the most famous event in South Dakota. The event attracts South Dakotans from far and wide to celebrate the native culture. The event is made lively by native dancers and singers, display of native artworks and creative storytellers. Indeed, this is an event that you need to attend.
Educational institutions and resource centers across South Dakota often organize programs focusing on traditions, background, and the culture of the native people. It is a great chance to equip yourself with great knowledge about the natives.
You may as well attend awareness-raising activities often organized by community groups, religious centers, and organizations. You also gain knowledge about the traditions and the history of the indigenous people.
Native Americans Day Observances
- Oct 12, 2020
- Oct 11, 2021
- Oct 10, 2022
- Oct 09, 2023