TULSA, Oklahoma – The Tulsa City Council voted to establish Native American Day on the second Monday of October.
City councilors unanimously approved the resolution Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
The Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission has tried to get the resolution passed several times.
The resolution acknowledges the 30,000 Native American individuals living in Tulsa and their social and military contributions. It also notes the Tulsa area was first inhabited by their ancestors.
As originally introduced, the resolution called for replacing Columbus Day with Native American Day, but Mayor G.T. Bynum crossed out “Renaming Columbus Day as Native American Day” and wrote in “Establishing Native American Day” in its place.
Columbus Day remains a federal holiday. Tulsa city offices will remain open that day.
The resolution will take effect once it’s signed by the mayor and published.