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American Indian Day is a holiday for Americans having Indian roots. And it’s holiday for everyone who honors and remembers history.


Everyone knows the Indians are indigenous population of America. A lot of films and books are known about this people. There are about 5 million Indians in America. Many large American cities were Indian settlements, which eventually became trading centers, forts, cities: Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Detroit. Holiday creation is worthy event, celebrated by American Indians and citizens of other nationalities.

American Indian Day was established by US President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Native American Proclamation was signed in recognition of people who first settled the American territory, made a great contribution to the nation development. In a such way American Indian Day appeared. Every year incumbent president signs new proclamation.

Interesting Facts

Did you know?

  • Most American Indians live in California.
  • Tribe’s descendants who resisted the Americans, live in Florida.
  • American Indians obtained civil rights only in 1924.
  • They got nickname «Redskins» because of paint’s color on their chest and face.
  • Many stories are known about their extreme cruelty. Such behavior was necessary, as in America there was unwritten rule that truth is on the strongest side.
  • Some US states’ names have Indian origin – Arizona, Kentucky, Idaho, Missouri.

When is American Indian Day celebrated in 2022?

American Indian Day is observed the second Saturday in May.