In a tribute to the hard working men and women that helped establish the American West, the U.S. Senate has declared July 28, 2018 National Day of the American Cowboy. The resolution, which the Senate passed unanimously on Tuesday, was introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
Started in 2005 by U.S. Senator Craig Thomas, the National Day of the American Cowboy traditionally coincides each year with Cheyenne Frontier Days. The resolution honors the culture, traditions and values of the American Cowboy way of life that are still alive today.
The resolution states, “The cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism,” and that the cowboy archetype “transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations.”
Cosponsors of the resolution include Senators John Barrasso, R-Wyo., James Risch, R-Idaho., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, John Thune, R-S.D., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Tom Udall, D-N.M., Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Dean Heller, R-Nev.