Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Posted on 11/12/2020
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What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States, has resulted in the month of November being designated for that purpose.

“Native American Heritage Month is a time to commemorate indigenous people in our community and throughout the nation,” said Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond. “We celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of the people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.”

It is estimated that more than 50 million people were already living in America by the time European adventurers arrived in the 15th century.  Of these, some 10 million lived in the area that would become the United States. Throughout history and still today, Native Ameicans face many unique challenges. They continue to conquer obstacles to preserve their way of life.


“Native American Heritage Month is a time for us to listen to indigenous perspectives and voices. Native American identity is shaped by many complex social, political, historical, and cultural factors,” adds Lexmond.

To learn more about Native American Heritage, visit Native American Heritage Month and check out these sites:

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