OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State House of Representatives approved a measure Wednesday naming the Friday after Thanksgiving "Native American Heritage Day."
The house passed the measure 93-4 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The state currently observes 10 legal holidays, including the as-of-yet unnamed day after Thanksgiving. President George W. Bush signed a joint resolution by Congress in 2008 designating Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 as Native American Heritage Day, and encouraged federal, state, and local governments to observe the date. In 2010, President Barack Obama proclaimed November 2010 as Native American Heritage Month, and called for the country to celebrate November 26, 2010, the day after Thanksgiving, as Native American Heritage Day.