Christopher Who?: South Dakota Celebrates Native American Day


While most of America is celebrating Christopher Columbus and his controversial “discovery” of the new world, the people of South Dakota are celebrating something else.

Since 1990, the second Monday in October in South Dakota has been recognized as a way to celebrate the important roles of Native Americans in our nation.

Each year people gather across the state on Native American Day to celebrate the rich traditions and culture of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people. From dancing to educational speakers, the events celebrated on this day are reminders of the many contributions Native Americans have made and continue to make to our state’s history and culture.


California also celebrates Indigenous people’s day around the same time.

Learn more about Native American’s day and holidays similar to it here



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