Proclamation 5745 -- American Indian Week, 1987
the President of the
do well to set aside the week in which Thanksgiving falls to honor the
achievements of American Indians, the first inhabitants of the lands that now constitute
The Constitution affirmed the special relationship of the Federal government with American Indians when it stipulated, ``the Congress shall have Power To . . . regulate commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; . . . .'' This unique government-to-government relationship continues today and has been reinforced through treaties, laws, and court decisions. During the Bicentennial of the Constitution, it is especially fitting that we recognize and celebrate the many contributions of American Indians.
The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 53, has designated the period beginning November 22, 1987, and ending November 28, 1987, as ``American Indian Week'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of November,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
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