OLYMPIA – The day after Thanksgiving would no longer be Black Friday or left-over turkey day in
The day after Thanksgiving is already one of
It won't cost the state anything, said Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, chairman of the House Community Development and Tribal Affairs Committee and one of only two Native Americans in the Legislature. . .
. . .Over the years, various attempts to honor Native Americans on the calendar have met with limited success. Some communities renamed Columbus Day to honor American Indians, but that was hit or miss. In 2008, President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution that named the day after Thanksgiving that year Native American Heritage Day, and in 2010, President Obama declared that November Native American Heritage Month and the day after Thanksgiving that year as Native American Heritage Day.
Linking the day to Thanksgiving can be controversial in some parts of Indian Country, McCoy said, because some tribes don't celebrate that day as a
Miguel Perez-Gibson, a lobbyist for the
Commemorating the day would give
McCoy proposed establishing the holiday the last two years, and it sailed through the House both times, only to get bogged down and die in the Senate during budget negotiations. He hopes the third time is the charm.
“All I can do is hope the Senate can move some of these bills that don't cost anything,” he said.