Chapa-De Indian Health will be closed on Friday, September 25th in honor of California Indian Day, also known as California Native American Day.
About California Indian Day: Started in 1939 by then-Governor Culbert Olson, “Indian Day” evolved into The California Native American Day in 1968 when Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called “American Indian Day”, to be held the Fourth Friday in September. In 1998, the California Assembly declared “Native American Day” as an official state holiday, observed annually on the fourth Friday in September in the state of California. The Day is considered a time-honored tradition in the California Native American community.
About the 2020 CTCA California Native American Day Celebration: Each year, the California Tribal Chairpersons Association (CTCA) hosts a California Native American Day Celebration. Typically this takes place at the state capitol in Sacramento, this year this will be a virtual event held from Sept. 23rd – Sept. 25th. This year’s theme is Healing Nations – Protecting Elders, Women, and Children.
“Protect our Elders and they will pass their knowledge and wisdom to our Children.
Protect our Women and they will love, support and educate our Children.
Protect our Children and they will continue to carry on Tribal traditions, customs, language, and help establish equality and justice for all Tribes.”
– CTCA Board Member Chairman Russell “Buster” Atteberry
Focusing on 2020 as a year of battles to protect health, financial well-being, sovereignty of tribal nations, and culture, the all virtual event seeks to empower and uplift the voices of those who continue to fight each day for Native people, and promote understanding as to why Native communities fight not to defeat, but to include.
This year’s theme is Healing Nations – Protecting Elders, Women, and Children which will carry through three days of virtual celebration in video snippets via the California Native American Day Facebook page.
Videos will include songs and dance, comedy performances, cooking demonstrations, and legislative updates from Northern, Central, and Southern California’s tribal nations all with the focused on the purpose behind the fight—to heal, to grow, and to preserve the future of California’s tribal cultures.
Join on September 23 & 24 from 6:00pm-8:00pm for the broadcast celebration and on September 25 from 10:00am-12:00pm for a Facebook LIVE event on the California Native American Day Facebook page.