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Baca introduces bill to create Native American holiday

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Baca introduces bill to create Native American holiday

Washington - Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) introduced legislation today that will help create a paid legal federal holiday for Native Americans. California currently has a state-wide holiday recognizing Native Americans.

"This resolution would provide the recognition that Native Americans deserve for their contributions to the United States, as individuals and as a people," said Rep. Baca. "Native Americans are the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States. They have helped develop the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States Government. They have served with valor in all of America's wars, beginning with the Revolutionary war and through Operation Iraqi Freedom."

The resolution states that the President should issue a proclamation designating a paid legal public holiday as Native American's Day and encourages school to teach about Native American history and culture.

"This holiday bill is more than just a day off work and school. It will require our schools to teach students about Native American culture and history," said Rep. Baca. "It will bring nationwide recognition of the contributions of Native Americans to the United States, which are too often overlooked."

"This bill will also further demonstrate a strong united government-to-government relationship between each of the Native American Nations and the Federal Government. By working together, Native American tribes and the federal government can both achieve their goals."

http://www.house.gov/baca/latestnews/release050209a-nativeamerican.htm

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