Monday, October 14, 2013
Native American Day
Tim Giago made a change for our people in 1990 and it is a small step in the right direction. Giago wrote an editorial in the Lakota Times in 1989 challenging Governor George Mickelson to introduce a Bill that would replace Columbus Day with Native American Day which is October 14.
This replacement was to honor the 300 Lakota men, women, and children who were slaughtered at Wounded Knee.
Giago did the editorial for the 100th anniversary in 1990 of the Wounded Knee Massacre.
South Dakota is the only state that celebrates Native American Day in lieu of Columbus Day.
However, not all parts of the United States celebrate Columbus Day. It is not a public holiday in California, Nevada and Hawaii.
It is good for people to understand the culture of Native Americans and this is one step in that direction.
So - from me to you - HAPPY NATIVE AMERICAN DAY!