Since 1990, South Dakota has recognized the second Monday in October as Native Americans' Day. While the holiday means some offices and schools are closed, others are using the day as an educational opportunity.
The presentation for kindergarten through fifth grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary school in Sioux Falls is bringing a new awareness to some students about South Dakota's rich Native American history.
"I think it was really cool. I'm glad they did that today because I've never seen anything like that before," fifth grade student Makayle Sunde said.
Presenter Jackie Bird uses a mix of song and dance to teach students about Native American culture. It's something she says is important, especially on the Native Americans' Day.
"It's really important to go into the schools and express our culture because there are so many indigenous people in South Dakota that it makes them really proud of who they are," Bird said.
Students say one of their favorite parts of the presentation is Bird's traditional hoop dance that symbolizes unity, world peace and global healing.
"I learned that their songs are a little different than ours and they do really cool dances," Sunde said.
"I thought it was great and how she was talking about her Native American culture and how they celebrate it," fifth grade student Presley Myers said.
Students even had the chance to join hands and learn a few dance moves. It's a lesson they appreciate on this Native Americans' Day.
"A lot of South Dakota is filled with reservations and there's a lot of Natives in South Dakota and some people might just want to learn," Myers said.
Most states recognize this holiday as Columbus Day. However, South Dakota isn't alone in its different observance. California, for example, recognizes Indigenous People's Day.