House passes ‘Native American Heritage Day’ bill

OLYMPIA — The House has approved a measure naming the Friday after Thanksgiving “Native American Heritage Day.”

The measure passed on a 93-4 vote and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

The state currently observes 10 legal holidays, including the as-of-yet unnamed day after Thanksgiving. President George W. Bush signed a joint resolution by Congress in 2008 designating Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, as Native American Heritage Day, and encouraged federal, state, and local governments to observe the date. In 2010, President Barack Obama proclaimed November 2010 as Native American Heritage Month, and called for the country to celebrate November 26, 2010, the day after Thanksgiving, as Native American Heritage Day.

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