Governor Brian Schweitzer encourages communities across Montana to recognize American Indian Heritage Day this Friday, September 23, 2011.
"The Indian tribes in the State of Montana possess a unique cultural heritage," said Governor Schweitzer. "I encourage the citizens of this Montana to join me as we celebrate American Indian Heritage Day by exploring and expanding our knowledge of the rich cultures that exist among the first Montanans."
In 2009 the Montana Legislature passed a state law formally recognizing the last Friday of every September as American Indian Heritage Day. The day is recognized as a day for all Montanans to reflect on and celebrate American Indian culture and heritage.