August 22, 2007

Native holiday proposed

Bill would create holiday for Native AmericansBlack Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when the Christmas shopping season starts, could soon become known as Native American Heritage Day. That’s because lawmakers in Washington are discussing a bill that would create a special holiday honoring the contributions of Native Americans. S.1852, the bill’s number, was introduced by U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is called Thanks taking, a reminder of what tribes lost when Europeans made contact with their ancestors. By establishing a national holiday, Arizona Native Americans hope they’re heritage will finally be recognized.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Any ostensible "Native American Heritage Day" more properly should be October 4 (Old Style calendar - Julian)) or October 13 (New Style calendar - Gregorian)) because that was when Native American heritages went into decline, when Columbus landed in "Guanahani" of the West Indies but believed he had reached the East Indies. Sen. Inouye certainly means well, but one can surmise that any 'Native Hawaiian Heritage Day' would be the day after EuroMan landed in 'The Sandwich Islands.' Alas...
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Russ Bates