Since the 1990s, the states of California and Washington have celebrated “Native American Day” on the 4th Friday of September. That’s today!. On the 2nd Monday of October, South Dakota will also celebrate, while California and Minnesota celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day.” Note that on this day most other states are observing Columbus Day (but not California, Oregon, Nevada, and Hawaii to name a few).
On Native American Day, schools focus on the traditions, culture and background of Native Americans. Some organizations, community groups, and churches present awareness-raising activities. The Native American’s hold pow wows, complete with dancing, singing, socializing, and celebrating their heritage.