Office of Minority Health
National American Indian Heritage Month - November
National Native American Heritage Month
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America.
November is Native American Heritage Month. A time when the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the American Indian/Alaska Natives.
National recognition of Native contributions first began in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation and state support, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month.
Although often referred to as one group, American Indians and Alaska Natives have diverse cultures, languages and customs unique to each community. Health challenges however, have not been as unique with many Native communities experiencing the harsh impact of diabetes, HIV, heart disease, substance abuse and infant mortality.
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