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senate Bill S. Res. 414

Should the Senate Designate November as National Native American Heritage Month & November 29 as Native American Heritage Day?

Argument in favor

It’s a simple gesture, but the Senate should recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month and the Friday after Thanksgiving as National Native American Heritage Day in recognition of Native Americans contributions to the U.S. and their role in the first Thanksgiving.

burrkitty's Opinion
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11/29/2019
Also replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
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Mark's Opinion
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11/29/2019
Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day and make Election Day a National holiday.
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jimK's Opinion
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11/29/2019
Yes, commemorating shared common heritages and letting us all reflect on our past is always a good thing to do. In really comes down the epic lyrics of Aretha Franklin in her song: R-E-S-P-E-C-T .
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Argument opposed

There’s no need to waste the Senate’s time with this resolution, as President Trump has already issued the traditional presidential proclamation making November National Native American Heritage Month and the Friday after Thanksgiving Native American Heritage Day.

Ronald's Opinion
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11/29/2019
Stop meaningless proclamations. Congress has serious business: 1 Pass a full, annual, balanced budget. End impeachment mania. Support our President. Build our Wall.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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11/29/2019
No! How about November be designated as National American Month. This way all ALL Americans can be celebrated along with your ethic background. I do not understand why we have to have a declaration of ethic month. We are now ALL Americans. In our town one day groups gather and celebrate their historic background with food, dress, dance. We didn’t need Congress to unify us. We already have a Native American Museum in Washington DC. What more? Our native Paiute tribe has a museum on the reservation, and it is a good museum. No we should abolish all heritage months. Everyone has the celebrations without help from Congress. Stick to things that unite us all instead of singling ethic groups out.
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Leonard 's Opinion
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11/29/2019
NO. Absolutely not. First off we ha way too many days that divide us. Second, Christopher Columbus never committed genocide. Third, we as all Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving Day as it should be to give thanks to God and Country for all the blessings we have been given to America. All of a sudden we have some politically correct groups that want to change things “just because” and to further divide us. IF ... you don’t like America as it is then please leave. We all value American Indians ... however, leave this grateful holiday alone.
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    IntroducedNovember 7th, 2019
    Also replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
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    Stop meaningless proclamations. Congress has serious business: 1 Pass a full, annual, balanced budget. End impeachment mania. Support our President. Build our Wall.
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    Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day and make Election Day a National holiday.
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    Yes, commemorating shared common heritages and letting us all reflect on our past is always a good thing to do. In really comes down the epic lyrics of Aretha Franklin in her song: R-E-S-P-E-C-T .
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    Again Native Americans are the only true American. We are all immigrants
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    This seems like a good way to better combat the myths around "the first Thanksgiving" and enhance all our knowledge of Native American culture and history.
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    Replace Columbus Day with Native American Heritage Day. Native Americans were already here.
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    Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous peoples day as well.
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    I am in favor of a day honoring our indigenous peoples. Thanksgiving time is appropriate, but I personally would prefer October 12th.
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    No! How about November be designated as National American Month. This way all ALL Americans can be celebrated along with your ethic background. I do not understand why we have to have a declaration of ethic month. We are now ALL Americans. In our town one day groups gather and celebrate their historic background with food, dress, dance. We didn’t need Congress to unify us. We already have a Native American Museum in Washington DC. What more? Our native Paiute tribe has a museum on the reservation, and it is a good museum. No we should abolish all heritage months. Everyone has the celebrations without help from Congress. Stick to things that unite us all instead of singling ethic groups out.
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    AND Native History MUST be required in school curriculums. It is nonsense that it is omitted. The REAL history.
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    That is a nice gesture but what our country needs is our Congress to work on something that is more than a feel good thing to win votes; like USMCA, the 1800+ dams and bridges that are on the edge of destroying human life, healthcare (since neither party wants to fix Obamacare), opioid crisis, prescription drug prices and abuse, China Trade Agreement and protection from intellectual property theft and cyber security, housing for the homeless, overcrowded classrooms and prisons, the National Debt, Border Security, Immiration Reform, you know; the tough stuff that you said you would work on when we elected you.
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    I’m for this. Vote yes
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    Get more important work done.
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    NO. Absolutely not. First off we ha way too many days that divide us. Second, Christopher Columbus never committed genocide. Third, we as all Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving Day as it should be to give thanks to God and Country for all the blessings we have been given to America. All of a sudden we have some politically correct groups that want to change things “just because” and to further divide us. IF ... you don’t like America as it is then please leave. We all value American Indians ... however, leave this grateful holiday alone.
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    Yes Truly great idea to Honor Native Americans hopes they Are willing to Forgive the US Army and Peoples for doing Such Terrible means of Destroying their Way of Life and murdering so Many hundreds of Thousands of a Amazing and Blessed people and Culture it must be Restored...Not there yet still too Great Damage done even Today !! Peace to all Natives
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    Don’t we already have designations in place & didn’t Trump already trounce all over it? Yes we should have them...more importantly we should be working to not further marginalize our Native American citizens. Spilled pipeline anyone?
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    Heck of a lot better than Bible month
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    As a country, we are way overdue in more fully acknowledging and honoring indigenous populations. Dedicating November to American Indian culture and history would be the honorable thing to do.
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    When googling ‘native American day’ my top search result was Treasure Island Resort and Casino. This result speaks volumes and I love @jimK’s response of R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Indigenous Americans were here long before “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” came about and coincidentally, indigenous Americans are the ones who have historically had everything taken from them. I’m all in for Indigenous Peoples Day as a day ‘in honor of native indigenous Americans in opposition to the celebration of Columbus Day.’ The only way to advance understanding of our history rather to falsely glorify it is to realistically emphasize and share it. What I remain steadfastly against is the further commercialization of our holidays as watershed money making opportunities for the offloading of meaningless trinkets and Hallmark cards on consumers. Simply stated, if we are going to share a holiday, the meaning of the holiday should not be lost and overshadowed by the desire to produce profit as is all too frequently the case.
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