Work exemption for suspended driver's licenses signed into law
By Caitlin Doornbos
It also changes the name of the statewide holiday honoring Native Americans each fourth Saturday in September. “American Indian Day,” created in 1945, will now be known as “Native American Day.” Tribal leaders from across Kansas huddled around the governor at the ceremonial signing of the bill.
“I’ve learned so much about Native Americans and how they’ve contributed to the state,” Faust-Goudeau said. “I think it’s only fitting to have a day here at our state Capitol.”
Both bills made their way to the governor after passing unanimously in the Senate, a feat uncommon for legislation introduced by a Democrat.
But read what the article says. Democrats introduced and championed the legislation. Brownback merely signed it.
And as far as I can, the main change is to the day's name. The holiday itself has been around since 1945.
So both parties have merely signed off on a cosmetic change. Anything more presumably would've been too much.
Yet it required Democrats to push through this inconsequential achievement. Left to their own devices, conservatives wouldn't have done even this much.
That tells you something about which party is more pro-Indian. Not that there's any doubt.
For more on Native holidays, see Maryland's American Indian Heritage Day and Native American Heritage Month 2012.
Below: "Gov. Sam Brownback signs a bill establishing Native American Day at the Capitol, while Rep. Ponka-We Victors, D-Wichita, in white, and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, in red, and tribal leaders look on." (Caitlin Doornbos)