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Native American Heritage Month

Dear Providence Community,   

This November we pay tribute to the rich culture and heritage of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians who have deeply enriched the quality and character of our Nation via Native American Heritage Month.  

For almost one hundred years, both Indian and non-Indian Americans have urged there be a permanently designated time by the nation to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States.  

The quest for a national honoring of Native Americans began in the early 20th Century as a private effort. In the late 1970s, Congress enacted legislation and subsequent presidents have issues annual proclamations designating a day, a week or a month to celebrate the nation’s American Indian, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian.  

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Each year since 1994 similar proclamations have been issued under various names including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.” 

In 2009, Congress passed, and the President Barak Obama signed legislation that established the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day of each year as “Native American Heritage Day.” 

The ESJ Committee encourages our Providence Community to honor Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians by taking the time to engage in virtual and/or safe in-person events, watching related films and learning more about Indigenous territories, languages, lands and ways of life.  

Recommended Reading 

How to Honor Indigenous Peoples with Your Kids, Today and Every Day 

Video Collection from PBS SoCal 

Paying Homage to America’s Indigenous People 

Virtual and In-Person Events 

LA County Public Library 

Los Angeles City Public Library  

Natural History Museum 

In Providence, 

Equity and Social Justice Committee 

Providence High School  

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