Native American Day

Native American man in traditional garb dances on a green lawn with people and canopies in the background.

On the fourth Friday in September, Californians celebrate the innumerable contributions that Native Americans have made to our state and our nation on Native American Day.  Though it is a federally recognized holiday, it is not observed in every state.  Here is the list of states where the holiday (or some iteration of it) is celebrated:

Native American Day

  • California: Fourth Friday in September (September 24, 2021)
  • Nevada: Fourth Friday in September (September 24, 2021)
  • South Dakota: Second Monday in October in place of Columbus Day (October 11, 2021)

American Indian Day

  • Tennessee: Fourth Monday in September (September 27, 2021)

There is also a growing number of states who now elect to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day on the second Monday in October.

Celebration of this holiday often includes community events, Pow Wows/gatherings, traditional ceremonies, and educational programs about the history of Native peoples.

In honor of this day, here is a list of recommended readings that highlight Indigenous authors and capture Native stories.


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