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American Indian Heritage Day in United States

American Indian Heritage Day, also known as Native American Heritage Day, recognizes the native American heritage, history and contributions. It's the Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Some states recognize this day as a legal holiday or observance.

What to Do

Many people observe American Indian Heritage Day with activities, programs, and ceremonies that promote the historical and present day status of Native Americans and the Native American tribal governments. These events celebrate the culture, traditions, and languages of Native Americans that all Americans enjoy today

The day also encourages public elementary and secondary schools to educate students about the history, achievements, and contributions of Native Americans by providing classroom instructions and activities.

What's Open or Closed?

American Indian Heritage Day is a civil holiday but some individual states, such as Maryland recognize this day as a state holiday. Maryland state agencies, libraries and public schools are closed on this day and most state employees and many others have the day off from work.

About the Day

Native Americans are the descendants of the aboriginal, indigenous, native people who were the original inhabitants of the United States. American Indian Heritage Day aims to highlight the relationship between the United States government and the Native American governments, as well as honor the achievements and contributions of Native Americans to the US.

Native Americans have made distinct and significant contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many fields, including agriculture, medicine, music, language, and art. Throughout history, Native Americans have distinguished themselves as inventors, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, as well as scholars.

American Indian Heritage Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriNov 282008American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 272009American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 262010American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 252011American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 232012American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 292013American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 282014American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 272015American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 252016American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 242017American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 232018American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 292019American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland
FriNov 272020American Indian Heritage DayState holidayMaryland

Quick Facts

American Indian Heritage Day is observed on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

American Indian Heritage Day 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

American Indian Heritage Day 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
American Indian Heritage DayEnglish
Día del Patrimonio IndígenaSpanish
ילידי יום מורשת אמריקאיHebrew
الأم يوم التراث الأمريكيArabic
아메리카 인디언 문화 유산의 날Korean
Tag des kulturellen Erbes der Amerikanischen IndianerGerman

Alternative name

Native American Heritage Day
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