On May 8, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law two bills drafted by Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D-Wichita), one of which designates the first Wednesday in February as “Native American Day at the Capitol.”
The day will be used for government-to-government interaction as tribes will visit the statehouse to meet with legislators according to The Capital-Journal.
The bill also changes the name of the statewide holiday that honors American Indians. The fourth Saturday of September will no longer be referred to as “American Indian Day,” which was created in 1945, but will now be known as “Native American Day.”
“I’ve learned so much about Native Americans and how they’ve contributed to the state,” Faust-Goudeau said according to The Capital-Journal. “I think it’s only fitting to have a day here at our state Capitol.”
The other bill Brownback signed allows drivers with suspended licenses to apply for restricted driving privileges. Both bills passed unanimously in the Senate.
During the signing of the Native recognition bill, SB 111, Brownback was surrounded by tribal leaders, with Kansas Rep. Ponka-We Victors, (D-Wichita) by his side. (Related Story: Kansas State Representative Ponk-We Victors is a Political Warrior)