“… Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.”
November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It is a special opportunity to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people and celebrate their rich and diverse cultures, traditions and history.
On December 14, 1915, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode from state to state on horseback seeking a state government that would approve a day to honor Native Americans. Although there is no record of any national days being proclaimed, his efforts were not in vain.
The first American Indian Day was declared half a year later on the second Saturday of May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states followed suite with similar days scattered throughout the year.
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution and designated November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1990.
We are honored to serve the Lakota (Sioux) at St. Joseph’s Indian School and thank you for walking alongside our students in their journey.
Source: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs