Supaman highlights American Indian Day in Nevada event in Reno
RENO, Nev. — Last month, in recognition of American Indians’ numerous contributions to the state of Nevada, state Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed September 22 as American Indian Day in Nevada.
It marked the 20th such holiday for the Silver State; according to media reports, in 1997, Nevada first declared the fourth Friday of September as “Native American Day in Nevada.” The holiday has since been updated to American Indian Day in Nevada.
According to reports, back in 1968, then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called American Indian Day to be held the fourth Friday in September.
In 1998, the California Assembly adopted a bill to make Native American Day an official state holiday, observed annually on the fourth Friday in September.
For this year’s American Indian Day in Nevada on Sept. 22, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony held a special event at the RSIC gymnasium, highlighted by a performance from Christian Parrish Takes the Gun (Crow Nation), a world-renowned, Seattle-based Native rapper who is professionally known as Supaman.
The American Indian Day in Nevada celebration also included a parade in Reno, among other events.
The phrase “Indian Education” itself invokes generations of federal legislation aimed to assimilate via education. Modern day, the Title VI Indian Education Program administered by the Bureau of Indian Education provides federal funds to various educational institutions of students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.