Native American Citizenship Day is an American holiday dedicated to Native Americans. These are members of the Native American culture that flourished on American lands before their conquest by European conquerors. The holiday is celebrated annually on June 15.
The Indians had been legal residents of the United States for a long time, until the Age of Discovery, when thousands of European colonists poured in after Columbus (later, Amerigo Vespucci) discovered the American continent and wanted to be the first to explore the New World.
After the introduction of the U.S. Constitution, Native Americans who were not taxed were not recognized as full citizens of the country and were deprived of suffrage. In 1857, the Dred Scott Decision was passed, the essence of which was that Native Indians could not receive full citizenship rights because they were considered an enslaved people. The 14th Amendment, issued in 1868, reversed this decision, but no clear algorithm for granting citizenship to Indians was ever presented.
The official citizenship of Indians began after the Civil War. The process intensified with the issuance of citizenship to WWI veterans of Indian descent. Later the Indian Nationality Act was issued and in 1924 all Indians became full citizens of the United States.
- The largest number of Native Indians live in California, about 750,000 people.
- For the first time in 1888, they began issuing citizenship to women of Indian descent who married current U.S. citizens.
How to celebrate
Greet people you know who have Indian ancestry. Watch documentaries about Indian culture, visit museums. Learn more about it!
Tell us about the holiday on social media. Ask Indian users if their relatives, members of the older generation, have experienced any problems in obtaining citizenship?
When is Native American Citizenship Day celebrated in 2024?
Native American Citizenship Day is observed on June 15 each year.