STATE OF ALABAMA. PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR:
"WHEREAS, many of our state citizens are of Native American Indian heritage, and their Traditional Ways have greatly contributed to the Constitution and Foundation of our Nation, as well as, the quality of our American way of life; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Alabama are indeed fortunate to be the recipients of our Native American Indians Cultural, Educational and Historical values; and
WHEREAS, the Alabama Indian Affairs entities and individuals are deserving of being hereinafter recognized for their ongoing Educational Programs to our youth and their annual Cultural & Historical events throughout the State; and
WHEREAS, the State of Alabama wishes to Honor our Native American Indians for the contributions of their culture to our citizens;
NOW, THEREFORE, I Don Siegelman, Governor of the State of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the state holiday formerly known as Columbus Day will henceforth be known as: American Indian Heritage Day/Columbus Day In the great State of Alabama."
Senate Bill 172/House Bill 389
In 2017 American Indian Heritage Day in Alabama in USA falls on October 9.