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National American Indian Heritage Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide

Executive Branch Documents

Presidential proclamations and executive orders have been used by presidents to rule on substantive issues of law; to administrate the executive branch of government; and to make general announcements to the public. These general announcements, which exhort the public to observe a holiday such as Thanksgiving or honor a particular group of citizens as in National Black History Month, are usually issued in the form of a presidential proclamation. On many occasions Congress will pass a law specifically requesting the president to take certain action proclaiming the recognition of a particular group of citizens as Jewish or Hispanic Americans.

Listed below are links to examples of presidential proclamations for National American Indian Heritage Week or National American Indian Heritage Heritage Month, along with the citations to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) or the Federal Register (Fed. Reg.), the official publications for presidential proclamations.

Presidential proclamations on the annual observances of Jewish Heritage Week, and Jewish American Heritage Month can also be found at American Presidency Project External by selecting the year and clicking on the "Apply" button.

Presidential proclamations as well as presidential statements, messages, and remarks for Jewish Heritage Week and Jewish American Heritage Month can be searched from the Government Publishing Office’s advanced search page in the collections for the Code of Federal Regulations, the Compilation of Presidential Documents, and the Federal Register.

Beginning with the 2009 proclamation, presidents have issued proclamations for this month as National Native American Heritage Month.