Native American Heritage Month is observed to recognize the extraordinary Native Americans who have made significant contributions to enhancing the character of the country. The term “American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month” is often used to describe this month.

One of the earliest proponents of creating an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker. He was the curator of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York, and a Seneca Indian. May 16, 1916, saw the first declaration of American Indian Day. George H.W. Bush signed a joint resolution in 1990 that called for November to be recognized as National American Heritage Month.

The month of November is a time to celebrate the many and varied cultures, histories, and customs that exist, as well as the significant contributions made by Native Americans. This month gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about tribes and educate communities about the different difficulties that Native Americans have encountered both historically and currently.

Let us pledge to continue helping the remaining Native American tribes and educating people about their sacrifices during this month.

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