On March 4th 2001, I asked the Honorable Daniel J.Burke, Illinois State Representative of the 23rd District if he would support us in getting A Native American Holiday passed in the state of Illinois, so that we may Honor our Elders and Braves who fought right along side of the Union and Confederate Armies in the Civil War, that lasted from the year 1860 thru 1865, a Day of Recognition for all American Indians, he said that he would be happy to do this as he felt it was long overdue.

I told Dan last year while searching the internet, I came upon this Petition for a National Native American Holiday, it was created by Mike Graham, I signed in at 141, well it grew upto 13,582 signatures, and no one stepped forward to offer help in making our dream come true, This is when I approached Dan Burke, he told me he saw no problem in getting our Day passed thru the Illinois House of Representatives, he would need a copy of the Signatures, along with a Resolution of my own explaining why I felt that the Native Americans deserved a Holiday.

It was on March 5th that Dan went to our State Capitol in Springfield Illinois taking with him the papers that he needed, the following day I received a telephone call from Dan's office asking me if I would come the Capitol Building in Springfield to witness the Signing of the Resolution #196, I told them that I would go to the White House in Washington to witness the Signing if need be, the day of the Signing was set for May 2nd 2001.

My wife Mary Helen and I went to Springfield on May 2nd to the Government Committee Room and got The Resolution #196 voted on and approved, then on May 22nd Dan Burke took it to the Floor of the House of Representatives where all 118 Representatives voted on and it was adopted, Now we are asking for your Support in getting it recognized Nation Wide, by Signing your Name and telling our Readers why you feel the Native Americans deserve this Day of Respect, you will be letting our Representatives from every State know that we are United, and we will thank you from the bottom of our Hearts.


Walk in Peace and Balance Cherokee Lee..........


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Citizen of The Southern Cherokee Nation, and
The Tennessee River Band of Chickamauga Cherokees.

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  • 21 February 2016941. Robin M
    Being native american is one of the greatest things I have going in my life, I truly believe our people deserve a national holiday to honor us. We as people deserve just as much if not more respect as any other nationality. For we have suffered so many ye
  • 09 February 2016940. Aurilla O
    We as a People have Rights~ State in which you live? CA
  • 22 January 2016939. Traci T
    It is about time !!!
  • 06 January 2016938. Sue M
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016937. Lynne Lefloret
    Our Native American Ancestors worked hard to make this country what it is today. They deserve the recognition for their sacrifices. State in which you live? MS
  • 31 December 2015936. Diane Barnarddancingw
    There shouldn't even have to be a petition for this.
  • 29 December 2015935. Richard As
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015934. Estelle Bf
    Elder of western Cherokee State in which you live? Arkansas
  • 27 December 2015933. Susan Burketth
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015932. Brooks E
    about time to remember the true americans State in which you live? South Carolina
  • 13 December 2015931. Michelle S
    About time some one does this State in which you live? North Dakota
  • 26 November 2015930. Dallas Clarkes
    This day of National recognition is indeed way overdue. God bless our Native American Brothers and Sisters and God bless America.
  • 23 November 2015929. Kelly G
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015928. Stewart Snodgrass
    It should be a Nation Wide Observence State in which you live? Indiana
  • 13 November 2015927. James M
    I support this petition
  • 21 October 2015926. Carol O
    To Bad this was not done sooner - - IT's ABOUT TIME. State in which you live? Indiana
  • 21 October 2015925. Heather B
    I support this petition
  • 10 October 2015924. Deborah B
    I support this petition
  • 08 October 2015923. Brad Wagner
    I would love to see the Native Americans get there own HOLIDAY State in which you live? Indiana
  • 01 October 2015922. Kenneth Rd
    This is long overdue. State in which you live? Illinois
  • 30 September 2015921. Jacqueline Mh
    I support this petition
  • 26 September 2015920. Meredith S
    It is about time State in which you live? Illinois
  • 25 September 2015919. Wayne Ls
    Should be a National holiday State in which you live? Michigan
  • 18 September 2015918. Ruby Sixdovesd
    our Ancestors were The First People and I think it's time they were honored with their OWN HOLIDAY as well as their descendants
  • 31 August 2015917. Ericka Anneh
    For my people the Kickapoo Nation in Oklahoma and all of my brothers and sisters in all the Indian Nations. To show gradatude because of our people helping Lewis and Clark to achieve exsploring the United States of America. State in which you live? Illin
  • 22 August 2015916. Theresa M
    Thank you.
  • 22 August 2015915. Susie A
    I support this petition

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