WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Friday is American Indian Heritage Day in Maryland, as proclaimed by Governor Martin O’Malley.
In 2008, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill making the fourth Friday of November a legal holiday to acknowledge the proud history of American Indians in the state.
“In honor of the rich history and culture of the American Indian community in our state, today we officially observe American Indian Heritage Day,” O’Malley said in a press release. “It is fitting that we recognize the enormous contributions the First Americans have made to Maryland’s culture, heritage and shared prosperity, from the birth of our colony to the present day.”
Maryland’s American Indian Heritage Day runs in conjunction with the national designation of the Friday after Thanksgiving Day to pay tribute to Native Americans, established in Nov. 2007.
The first American Indian Day recognized by a sate was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York.
American Indian Heritage Day in Maryland is recognized as a part of the state and national celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month. In November 1990, a joint resolution was approved by the President of the United States designating November for the month-long celebration. Proclamations are made each year by the President declaring the heritage month celebration.