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October 10 Is Native American Day in South Dakota

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In 1989, the South Dakota legislature, after a proposal by Governor George S. Mickelson, changed Columbus Day to Native American day, to honor the more than 70,000 American Indian residents in the state.

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Past Member (0)
Sunday October 9, 2011, 10:17 pm
Right ON!

Bette M (91)
Sunday October 9, 2011, 10:21 pm
This day should be promoted all over the place.
Native American indians are not as well remembered
or thought of in our society.
And.....Since they are the First People of this country
when will we ever have a Native American indian as
president of "his " own country??!!
Will there be banners, slogans, constant reminders,
billboards, television shows & news reports of what
day Oct. 10th is????
Why not the whole month like February is for blacks!
Why not!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 9, 2011, 11:35 pm

Ellen m (215)
Sunday October 9, 2011, 11:55 pm
Bette has said it all!

Alexandra R (180)
Monday October 10, 2011, 5:58 am
I agree with Bette M. This should be the name of the day all over the USA and it should be celebrated by honoring Native American Indian culture and history.

patricia l (317)
Monday October 10, 2011, 7:30 am
It should be all over this country.

Bill K (4)
Monday October 10, 2011, 9:09 am
i find it amazing the US still officially recognizes a barbarian, slave trader, and genocidal invader like Columbus. it would be like Germany celebrating Hitler's birthday. the only difference between the two is one was stopped and the other's more successful atrocities are celebrated.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday October 10, 2011, 12:21 pm
Hats off to S. Dakota! I agree that it should be changed nation-wide to Native American Day!

. (0)
Monday October 10, 2011, 1:22 pm
It's not much in the greater historical scheme of things, but at least the American Indian is being recognized.

Liliana D (125)
Monday October 10, 2011, 10:09 pm
Noted, thanks Cal.

patrica and edw j (190)
Monday October 10, 2011, 11:22 pm
Noted thanks Cal.

Bette M (91)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 5:27 am
Here is what Joe Biden said recently:
"Hispanic Heritage Month" is almost over.
Joe Biden tells them they "all were here first".
Gooogle the article to read the story.

Now that is a real slap in the face to all
the decendants of the Native American

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of theearth.

Rita White (55)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 5:50 am

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 6:56 am
All other states should take South Dakota's lead.

Bette M (91)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:09 am
Joe Biden is a true politician with the remark
I posted in an earliercomment.
Ahhhhh, good ol' Joe is gearing up for votes
from the hispanic/Mexican communities.

Who cares what the Native American indian
think, live & still suffer from past & present
deeds done to them by the white conquerer's
of the indians land!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Richard Zane Smith (81)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 10:29 am
It'll take another 20 years for Oklahoma to catch up.
Native people here are groomed to be some of the highest patriotic(flag loving) in the country.
Its prime ground for hiring recruits for the military here of course. it become family tradition
to sacrifice one or two kids once in awhile for Uncle Sam's Exploits around the world.

Unbelievable maybe but schools here still have "land-run" re-innactments
where children run across a field and "claim" their lands by planting stakes in Cherokee lands.
Where is the outrage? probably buried under red,white,and blue. Many native people here will celebrate Christmas,easter,flag day,memorial day ,and columbus day and never attend a traditional ceremony
even though they happen all the time. Assimilation was very effective here.

Assimilation effectively keeps our people deluded for so long there are many here who have no conception
of the fact that their families were NOT originally Okies jokingly referred to as REZ-NECKS who can trash a creek or dump their garbage in the woods like the best of 'em.

sigh..............lots of work to do here...but the children are our hope.

Bette M (91)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 11:18 am
Richard Zane Sith........Beautiful comment & so true!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Bette M (91)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 11:19 am
Richard........Smith that is.

Catherine T (192)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 1:00 pm
don't forget to watch diane sawyer on pine ridge this friday night at 10pm 20/20 on abc.

Ralph F (66)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 2:48 pm
My respect for South Dakota has sky-rocketed. Native American Day should be the name used nationally.

Clifton Jackson (124)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 3:08 pm
GOOD!! Thanks for Posting this one!!

Bette M (91)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 3:23 pm
Send a Green Star to Ralph F.
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Ralph because you have
done so within the last week.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Valerie W (52)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 3:26 pm
October 10, or, "Columbus Day", should be celebrated as "Native American Day" in every state, every year!! My family does NOT celebrate Columbus Day, or condone it. I don't think Christopher Columbus even discovered America, it was ALREADY "discovered", & populated. Also, the only thing European explorers did was find, conquer & take over, steal, destroy, cause disease, death, poverty, & fill the Native Americans with one lie after another! The early European & Spanish explorers were nothing but parasites!

Bette M (91)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 3:41 pm
Amen Valarie.......Amen!!!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 4:16 pm
I grew up in California and when I learned of the genocide and $50 reward for dead Indians my heart went out and had the chance to live with tribes on the Klamath and Salmon rivers a life will never regret and hopefully showed another more kind and gentle side to the white man.

Alison Baker (25)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:17 pm
Native American Day should be the national name. It'll take an act of Congress. We need to get rid of the Tea Partiers first. Maybe they'll actually do something. This name change would be a good start.

Wednesday October 12, 2011, 3:17 am
How tragic, first they are almost wiped off the face of America. Then they are honored for a single day, by a state! Not even by their own country!

Iwona Krzeminska (73)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 5:16 am


Bette M (91)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 5:51 am
The Native Anerican indian tribes should
all band together & march in mass to
Washington & demand a full month be
specifically dedicated to their heritage,
a heritage almost wiped out by the white man!!!!!
However, the Native American indian have
something that is priceless compared to riots
and murderous behavior and that is.......Dignity!!!!!

To those who got their month.......Stick that in your
peace pipe and smoke it!!!!!!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.


Sharon F (0)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 8:05 am
Good idea, SD! MN should do the same, and pay for a FREE meal for all state citizens of Native Am descent.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 12:33 pm
This is a beginning.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 12:36 pm
Native American month is a start, and could bring much good. Good thought. Thank you for the article.

We do have Native American presidents over their own lands.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 12:39 pm
Native American Day is a start. Native American month would be a start to bring about much good. Thank you for the good thought and the article.

Bette M (91)
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 1:11 pm
Ruth......I'm aware of all you wrote.
However, since Native American indians are the true first Americans
I'm shocked there has not been an American indian has not at
least been a V.P. by now.........It is long-long over due.

Perhaps to speed up some attention to one & all the NativeAmerican
indians should go on a massive rioting campaign. However, it would
appear very infantile to everyone to copycat from those who have &
got their ways because of it.

In the long run the Native American indians have earned much respect
from across the country for quietly moving ahead in many areas of
education & business..............Just keep it up!!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs ofthe earth.

Richard Zane Smith (81)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 6:52 am
about a Native American president...
unfortunately the american electoral system is an affront to TRADITIONAL Native governments.
The notion of "running" for office, or "fighting to the top", or "competing to win votes"
this is against everything our traditional people are teaching us.

The ONLY tribal governments that the federal government would "RECOGNIZE" were governments
that were "conquest style governments where people "compete" for the position.

So..while there are native Americans who might be persuaded to RUN for office
they will simply be assimilated men or women with indigenous ancestors.
They would likely be a great disappointment to most TRADITIONAL people.

We have these kinds "running' for office in the tribal elections today and they can
be just as corrupt as the next guy/gal. The system itself encourages the conquest cycle.

The best person for the job will NEVER make it in the process,because one must FIGHT to win.
This disqualifies those who are earth and wisdom based healers.
Only CONQUERERS will be elected in a conquerers world...

Bette M (91)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 7:13 am
Richard TY so much for explaining the inner psychology
of tribal leadership. Your comment is very true & I neglected
to consider that.
So, it all boils down to man & his behavior in general.....
But, I still hope an American indian can climb the social/
political ladders.
One Native American indian is trying to breakout of the mold
and become a leader politically for all the people &still be a
hero of sorts fr the Native American indians.......John Echohawk!
Please google him for more info.
And, I'm sure he would be the pride of the indian nations. Also, white
America would cheer like no tomorrow & the best part of all the winning
and election will not be rigged as it was for Obama........And, it was rigged!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

KS Goh (0)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 2:12 am
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