holiday was originally conceived by Dr. Arthur Parker and along with a Boy
Scout Troop in 1912 celebrated a day to honor the American Indians.
In 1914, an American Indian named Red Fox James traveled on horseback
across the United States to spread the idea of this holiday. In
1915, the American Indian Association met for an annual meeting and
designated September 28th American Indian Day. In 1916, the New York State
legislature proclaimed the fourth Friday in September to be American
Indian Day. Other states soon followed suit with declaring similar
holidays in September. In 1990, President Bush proclaimed November 1990 to
be American Indian Heritage Month (it has been proclaimed as such each
Creation of American Indian Heritage Month (Infoplease.com):
Information on the creation and evolution of this holiday.
Indian Day (HolidayOrigins): Information on the history of American
Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month (US Census Bureau):
Information and facts about the holiday and Native American Indians.
American Indian Heritage Month (Univ. of Kansas): Information and
history of this holiday.
(American Indian Heritage Foundation): This site
and the AIHF "provide relief services to Indian people nationwide and
to build bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and
American Heritage Ass'n (official): News
updates, programs and information for Native Americans.
Indian American Day is not a
traditional gift giving day, but more of a day to celebrate and
commemorate the legacy of the Native Americans. See some gift giving
American Indian Day Gift Ideas
for Yourself or Others:
Visit a Museum or American
Indian resource center where you or your family can learn about Native
Books or Movies about American
Cook book on American Indian
Support your local Scouting
troop by donations or contributing to their fund raising efforts
Support Native American tribes
by gambling at their reservation casinos
If you do not live in the
Midwest, take a trip to visit the places of the old west that you have
only heard about