Joe Biden tweets celebration of Native American Heritage Day

Joe Biden tweets celebration of Native American Heritage Day

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday tweeted his celebration of Native American Heritage Day — a little-known annual recognition for the day after Thanksgiving.

“This Native American Heritage Day, we give thanks to our Indigenous communities and their ancestors,” Biden tweeted.

“As we celebrate their rich heritage and contributions, let’s commit to writing a new future together — one built on a strong partnership and filled with opportunity for all.”

The US government has made the recognition since 2008, when legislation passed Congress and was signed by President George W. Bush.

As of noon Friday, President Trump had not tweeted in celebration of Native American Heritage Day, though the White House did issue a proclamation last month declaring Friday as Native American Heritage Day and November as National Native American Heritage Month.

Last month, Biden tweeted his celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day, but did not recognize the federal holiday named for the Italian explorer who discovered the Americas for Europeans in 1492.

Trump recently formed a commission to promote “patriotic” education about US history after anti-racism protesters destroyed monuments to colonial and early US leaders. This week, Trump described the First Thanksgiving as the result of God hearing the prayers of Pilgrims during a disastrous first winter at Plymouth.

Thanksgiving commemorates a 1621 feast attended by members of the Wampanoag tribe and 53 Mayflower passengers who survived the first winter, which killed about half of their compatriots. Opponents of celebrating the holiday say it recognizes a milestone in European expansion at the expense of American Indians.

Trump had notable Native American advocates for his re-election, including Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, who spoke at the Republican National Convention.

“Our people have never been invited into the American dream. We for years fought congressional battles with past congressmen and senators that were part of a broken system that ignored us. That is, until President Trump took office,” Lizer said, praising Trump for funding for tribes and helping address crime.

“Whenever we meet with President Trump, he has always made it a priority to repair the relationship with our federal family,” he said.