Celebrating Native Contributions

“November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.” NCAI

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Poster for NAHM 2014

Poster for NAHM 2014

Excerpt:  Native American Heritage Month-National Congress of American Indians

“Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. NCAI participates in the DC Native Public Relations Roundtable, a group consisting of public relations professionals from national American Indian and Alaska Native organizations and agencies in the Washington, DC area. The group meets monthly to improve communication between groups and its primary function has been to create a more cohesive campaign for Native Heritage Month and to unify the month’s schedule of events.”

For those of you in the Washington D.C. area:

National  Native American Heritage Month Ceremony in D.C.

Opening Ceremony
November 5, 2014
10 a.m.

EST Office of Personnel Management
Alan Campbell Auditorium
1900 E Steet NW, Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speaker
A. Joseph Sarcinella V, Esq., Senior Advisor & Liaison for Native American Affairs,Department of Defense

Cultural Performers
Joseph FireCrow
Black Bear Singers Drum Group

Joseph FireCrow of Black Bear Singers and Drummers

Joseph FireCrow of Black Bear Singers and Drummers

Welcoming Remarks
Katherine Archuleta
Director, Office of Personnel Management

Closing Remarks
LaDoris Harris
Director, DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity

Kevin K. Washburn
Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior

2014 poster for  National Native American Heritage Month

2014 poster for National Native American Heritage Month

 “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever” ~Motto for 2014~

Discussion Questions for this post
  1. Why do we celebrate Native American Heritage Month?
  2. What do Natives do to celebrate Native American Heritage Month?
  3. On November 5, 2014, where is the Ceremony being held?
  4. Who is Joseph FireCrow?
  5. If you are Native do you celebrate Native American Heritage Month? In what ways?