Have you celebrated National Tatanka Yotanka day or visited elders during the “Trail Of Tears” month… Ever heard of Geronimo day celebrating the remembrance of a great medicine man…. “Treaty Of Greenville Month”  anything… anyone?

The black colored Americans have many holidays representing leaders of their community, events and what-have-you.

The white colored people in America certainly have many of holidays. Latins, Oriental, German and it seems like every nationality are being honored or remembered by some type of parade, day (a whole month for the blacks) or event.  Where is the special remembrance for Natives to America?

Will everyone have a  holiday set aside for their group except us?

It seems like every day I am asked to remember the suffering of the blacks, the Alamo, some president, some advocate of peace, some war, some event in the history of some other culture while my own culture is being neglected, invisible-ized and forgotten.

People talk about how angry they are about “illegal immigration” and yet they make it so convenient for them to be here, even adopting some of their own holidays, My street had a Cinco De Mayo block party in my city, 80% appeared to be non Latino.

I also just got a flyer from a furniture store offering me savings in honor of Columbus Day, what the hell?

Perhaps I should suggest next year my city have a “38 Hours of Sharing” where everyone gives food to the hungry in honorable remembrance of the thirty-eight starving Sioux who were hung in the largest execution of people in America’s history, seems like THAT should at least have some type of national recognition.

Ask around, more white people will know about Cinco De-Mayo than those 38 Sioux.  (in fact, my spell checker doesn’t know Geronimo but it recognizes Cinco De Mayo, what country am I in?)

Please, take a moment, speak with your friends, start a petition, contact your Governors, Mayors, Congressmen, etc. and demand a FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HOLIDAY.

Native American Holiday POW WOW Dancers

United Native America was formed in 1993 as a nation wide grass roots movement to bring about a federal national holiday for Native Americans.

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma fully supports this issue with resolution 91-93. United Native American resolution 1-1 calls on the federal government to stop using our tax dollars to pay for Columbus Day.

Columbus does not rate a federal tax paid holiday in this country. We are standing up against the racial exclusion of Native Americans in our society to include these industries, national television stations, movie industries, national sports industries, national news media and music industries.

Bringing about these changes have to take place before America can say it represents all its people equally. The American Indians helped give birth to this country and helped form the government we have today, this is the true beginning history of America.

This contribution and many more are noted in the American Indian heritage month of November resolution passed each year by the United States Senate and signed by the president, please join us in the struggle in the spirit of Crazy Horse, Tecumseh and countless others to live in peace on our land.

Please consider printing this and sending it to the government.

Congress of the United States
Senate of the United States
President of the United States

We the undersigned come together before you to request that each of these governing bodies take all necessary action to bring about a Federal Holiday for Native American Elected Leaders, To include Congressional hearings on the racial exclusion of Native Americans in movies,television,sports advertising,music companies,etc.

With the special government to government relationship between the Indian Government of America and the Federal Government it is fitting for the Federal Government to enact this holiday, and conduct Congressional hearings.

Indian governments and the people they represent our requesting that the federal government bring about a National Holiday for Native Americans to be celebrated by all citizens of America and people around the world.

This holiday would pay tribute to Indian tribal leaders to include Alaskan Nation leaders, Hawaiian Nation leaders and Taino Nation leaders of Puerto Rico (All US territory tribal Nation leaders indigenous to that land). This holiday also should pay tribute to those that endured the worlds longest holocaust and most costly in human lives.

It is further stated that no Indian Government nor its people find reason to celebrate and pay for Columbus Day. Seventeen states do not recognize Columbus Day. The state of South Dakota has changed Columbus day to Native American Day.

Therefore be it resolved that the Federal Government should reevaluate Columbus Day by moving it back to its original day the second Wednesday of October and not be a tax paid holiday as is St. Patrick’s Day and Octoberfest, and make the second Monday of October a Federal holiday for Native Americans.

The polls we conducted across the country show that the vast majority of Americans prefer changing Columbus Day as to creating a whole new holiday.

It is inappropriate for Indian children and children of America to celebrate Columbus discovering a nation of people and not having a holiday paying tribute to the people of those nations.