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Coolidge issued a proclamation on September 28, 1915 declaring the second Saturday of each May as American Indian Day. The proclamation also contained the first formal appeal to recognize Indians as citizens.

The year before the proclamation, Red Fox James, Blackfoot, rode horseback from state to state trying to get approval for a day honoring Indians. He presented the endorsement of 24 state governments on December 14, 1915 at the White House. But, according to the BIA history about the month, there is no official record of such a national day being proclaimed.

Aside from New York being the first to declare an American Indian Day, several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September—Illinois enacted such a day in 1919. Several states also celebrate Columbus Day as Native American Day. But the day continues to be celebrated without recognition as a national legal holiday.

“This month is a time to recognize everyone of Native American heritage and [their] achievements and accomplishments,” Gunnery Sgt. Curtis Bradley, equal opportunity adviser for MCB Hawaii, told the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. “It’s a heritage that can [not] be forgotten. Remembering the individual heritage makes us great, because everybody has something different.”

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National Native American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in November.


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President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” in 1990.