Office of the Governor of California
To celebrate and honor the historic and cultural contributions of California Native Americans, the 52nd Annual California Native American Day will take place on the west steps of the California State Capitol on September 27, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm.
When: September 27, 2019, from 10 am – 2 pm
Where: West steps of the California State Capitol
Why: To celebrate and honor the historic and cultural contributions by California Native Americans
Who: Hosted by the California Tribal Chairpersons Association, Assemblymember James Ramos (Legislative Sponsor)
Visuals: Ceremonies honoring tribal nation flags, veterans and elders. Traditional dances and regalia (traditional Native American dress). Cultural practitioners, agency booths and vendors.
Speakers: Governor Gavin Newsom (invited), Assemblymember James Ramos, Tribal Leaders, other Elected Officials.
*Official Poster: 2019 California Native American Day Poster
*Vendors: Arts and Crafts Vendor Booth Application
*Exhibitors: Exhibitor Registration Form
- Native American Day began in California in 1939, when Governor Culbert Olson dedicated October 1st as “Indian Day.”
- In 1968, California Tribal Leaders and Governor Ronald Reagan declared the fourth Friday of September as “California Indian Day.”
- The “Native American Day” celebration on September 25, 2015, is an official State holiday, pursuant to Assembly Bill 1953 (Baca) and signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson on September 21, 1998. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., in 2011 wrote a Governor’s Proclamation highlighting this momentous and important day.
- The Native American Day Celebration has become a time-honored tradition in the Native American community.