Bill Text: TX SCR48 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced

Bill Title: Designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day for a 10-year period beginning in 2021.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (N/A) 2021-05-12 - Referred to Administration [SCR48 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-SCR48-Introduced.html
  87R23728 BHH-D
  By: West S.C.R. No. 48
         WHEREAS, The very name of Texas is derived from the Caddo word
  tayshas, meaning "friend," and such treaties as the 1838 Treaty of
  Live Oak Point between the Republic of Texas and the Lipan Apache
  Tribe, as well as various treaties made with the Karankawa,
  Comanche, and Cherokee nations, reflect attempts to forge a
  friendly relationship between Indigenous peoples and the republic
  and state governments of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, The promises and terms of these treaties have not
  always been upheld, however, which has resulted in the loss of life,
  property, and culture, and these historical misunderstandings and
  tragedies are still in need of healing; and
         WHEREAS, Since the early 1990s, dozens of cities and a
  growing number of states have adopted the observance of Indigenous
  Peoples' Day to celebrate the history and contributions of Native
  Americans; and
         WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples' Day was first proposed in 1977
  as part of the International Conference on Discrimination Against
  Indigenous Populations in the Americas; coinciding with Columbus
  Day, the observance has become an important means of focusing
  attention on the native peoples of the Americas, past, present, and
  future; and
         WHEREAS, The area now known as Texas has been home to
  Indigenous populations since time immemorial, and over the
  millennia, the region has been home to numerous tribes with their
  own unique cultures and ways of life; and
         WHEREAS, Among other tribes, inhabitants of Texas have
  included the Alabama-Coushatta, Atakapa, Karankawa, Mariame, and
  Akokisa along the Gulf Coast, the Caddo, Choctaw, Anadarko,
  Cherokee, and Wichita in North and East Texas, the Manso and Suma
  and the people of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in West Texas, the
  Coahuiltecans, Yaqui, Kickapoo, and Carizzo in South Texas, and the
  Cocoimes, Chizos, Tobosos, Tawankonis, and Wacos on the North
  Central Plains; in addition, numerous traditionally nomadic
  peoples, such as the Comanche, Kiowa Apache, Arapaho, and Lipan
  Apache, have lived throughout the state; and
         WHEREAS, The continued presence of Native Americans during
  the era of the Indian Termination Policy of the mid-1900s and in the
  decades since has led to an active and thriving Indigenous
  community in Texas; today, the Lone Star State is home to people
  from diverse tribal nations from across the Americas, and the
  effort to retain ancestral memories, languages, and cultures is
  ongoing and vital; the observation of Indigenous Peoples' Day
  raises awareness of this rich heritage and the wide-ranging
  contributions Native Americans have made, are making, and will
  continue to make to our state and nation; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 87th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous
  Peoples' Day; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That, in accordance with the provisions of Section
  391.004(d), Government Code, this designation remain in effect
  until the 10th anniversary of the date this resolution is finally
  passed by the legislature.