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SOME FACTS AND HISTORY ABOUT AMERICAN INDIAN DAY/ AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

This 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 year since).

WEBSITES AND ARTICLES ABOUT AMERICAN INDIAN DAY

GIFT IDEAS FOR AMERICAN INDIAN DAY

Facts and History

The Creation of American Indian Heritage Month (Infoplease.com): Information on the creation and evolution of this holiday.

American Indian Day (HolidayOrigins): Information on the history of American Indian Day.

American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month (US Census Bureau): Information and facts about the holiday and Native American Indians.

Native American Indian Heritage Month (Univ. of Kansas): Information and history of this holiday.

Native Americans

Indians.org (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 non-Indian people."

Native 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 ideas below.

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 Americans.

  • Books or Movies about American Indian history

  • Cook book on American Indian foods

  • 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

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