State Sen. Dahm proposes bill requiring students to read Thanksgiving proclamations

FOX 23 Tulsa KOKI

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Oklahoma State Senator Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow has filed legislation that would require Oklahoma students to read or hear Thanksgiving proclamations throughout history.

Senate Bill 2 would impact all Oklahoma public school districts, charter schools, virtual charter schools, career and technology schools, and higher education.

“It is important for all students to understand the importance of our nation’s history, including the role Thanksgiving plays in forming our country,” Dahm said in a news release. “These significant proclamations date back to our founding fathers, and students reading or hearing them leading up to Thanksgiving will give them a better understanding of what the holiday truly means historically.”

The measure includes five proclamations, dating back to the 1700s. The proclamations include:

  • The Proclamation by the Continental Congress for a day of Thanksgiving in 1777
  • The First Presidential Prayer Proclamation issued by George Washington in 1789
  • The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944
  • The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Ronald Reagan in 1985
  • The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Oklahoma City Mayor Sidney Clarke in 1889

The bill was initially filed in 2021, but didn’t move forward. Senate Bill 2 will be heard when the legislature convenes next February.

Dahm ran in last year’s primary for the Republican ticket for U.S. Senate. Dahm lost the primary to Markwayne Mullin, who moved on to win the seat earlier this month.

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how about let's have everyone in Congress read the Constitution sign an agreement they will follow it if they don't they are out of a job


Wasteful, where's the legislation improving infrastructure, more police on the street and improving medical and prescription prices. Not to mention our failing schools?

Lorrie Shelton

I know! How about we let teachers do what they were trained to do. Instead of sticking them with unfunded, unnecessary mandates.


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