American Indian Heritage Day
American Indian Heritage Day, also sometimes known as Native American Heritage Day, recognizes the native American heritage, history and contributions. Some states recognize this day as a legal holiday or observance.
Native American Heritage Day is not actually a public holiday.
Government and public offices, businesses, and schools are not closed on this day but may hold special events and outreach programs to commemorate the annual observation.
This year Maryland celebrates American Indian Heritage Day on November 26.
Happy American Indian Heritage Day! We pay tribute to Native Americans for their many contributions to the United States. pic.twitter.com/Ckcdbbc3Yr— Maryland Department of Aging (MDoA) (@MarylandAging) November 26, 2021
What to Do
Many people observe American Indian Heritage Day with activities, programs, and ceremonies that promote the historical and present day status of Native Americans and the Native American tribal governments. These events celebrate the culture, traditions, and languages of Native Americans that all Americans enjoy today
The day also encourages public elementary and secondary schools to educate students about the history, achievements, and contributions of Native Americans by providing classroom instructions and activities.
What's Open or Closed?
American Indian Heritage Day is a civil holiday but some individual states, such as Maryland recognize this day as a state holiday. Maryland state agencies, libraries and public schools are closed on this day and most state employees and many others have the day off from work.
This year, November 26 is Native American Heritage Day. National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is celebrated every November to recognize the heritage, history, art, and traditions of intertribal cultures. pic.twitter.com/9nqVLfntbJ— U.S. Embassy in UB (@usembmongolia) November 26, 2021
About the Day
Native Americans are the descendants of the aboriginal, indigenous, native people who were the original inhabitants of the United States. American Indian Heritage Day aims to highlight the relationship between the United States government and the Native American governments, as well as honor the achievements and contributions of Native Americans to the US.
Today is Native American Heritage Day.— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) November 26, 2021
"Despite a painful history marked by unjust Federal policies of assimilation and termination, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have persevered."
Native Americans have made distinct and significant contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many fields, including agriculture, medicine, music, language, and art. Throughout history, Native Americans have distinguished themselves as inventors, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, as well as scholars.
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