American Indians will rejoice their tradition and historical past Saturday throughout an American Indian Heritage Day celebration at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
The celebration is free and open to the general public. Deliberate occasions embody songs, dancing and meals, in addition to discussions associated to sovereignty, this 12 months’s theme. Subjects will embody crucial race concept and the way restrictions on the educating of race and historical past in faculties will have an effect on American Indian research.
Heritage Day government director Brian Larney mentioned these restrictions will erase American Indian historical past from faculties and make it tough for college kids to be taught concerning the Indian Relocation Act and different historic milestones.
“We are attempting to get the reality on the market,” Larney mentioned. “We have to begin utilizing our voices for the cultural preservation of American Indians.”
The Caddo Nation — a tribe that when occupied what’s now east Texas, Louisiana and components of southern Arkansas and Oklahoma — can be highlighted on the celebration.
American Indian leaders may even focus on the trouble to return the Trinity River to its authentic title, Arkikosa River.
Texas first acknowledged American Indian Heritage Day in 2013. The day, which is the final Friday of September, acknowledges the historic, cultural and social contributes American Indian communities and leaders have made.
The celebration can be 9:30 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday at Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, which is owned by Chickasaw Nation. A lunch buffet can be accessible.