National American Indian Heritage Month

Tuesday November 8, 2011

What is it?

National American Indian Heritage Month begins November 1st to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of this country's original inhabitants, explorers and settlers. On Aug. 3, 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. The Bill read in part that "the President has authorized and requested to call upon federal, state and local Governments, groups and organizations and the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities."

Why is this important to the Army?

We are honored to recognize the outstanding contributions American Indians have made to our nation and our Army. Thousands have served in the armed forces from the early days of the Revolutionary War through today. The multitude of cultures across our landscape has helped shape our nation. We recognize their rich heritage and honor their spirit and true devotion to our country.

What has the Army done?

Since the birth of this nation, American Indians have been recognized for their adept skills and knowledge of this land. Through the years, they courageously worked with the early U.S. Cavalry as scouts, in World War II as "Code Talkers," and in every conflict making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. To this day, 24 Native American Indians have earned the Medal of Honor for their courage and devotion to our nation. We are proud of the lasting contributions American Indians continue to make as Soldiers, civilians, veterans and family members in our profession that will benefit our nation and Army for many years to come.

What is the Army doing?

We know there is strength in diversity. In celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month, we not only emphasize American Indians significant contributions, but also the value the Army places on diversity. As a tribute to all American Indians, units, agencies and Army activities will be executing appropriate commemorative activities throughout the Army to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month.

Resources:

American Indians in the U.S. Army

Army Diversity website

STAND-TO!: Army Diversity

Library of Congress

Indian Health Service

Native American Heritage Month

Senior Leader Tri-signed letter -- National American Indian Heritage Month, November 2011

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"Since the birth of America, [American Indians and Alaska Natives] have contributed immeasurably to our country and our heritage, distinguishing themselves as scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in all aspects of our society. Native Americans have also served in the United States Armed Forces with honor and distinction, defending the security of our Nation with their lives ..."

- President Barack Obama

View the complete: Presidential Proclamation -- National Native American Heritage Month, 2011

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"We put our lives on the line for our country. We really appreciate the opportunity to take a break from life (overseas) and have the chance to be able to do something fun like making a movie … We took on this challenge the same way we would take on any military task. We were punctual, professional and always prepared."

- Spc. Steven Sargent, Ohio-based Reservist assigned to 391st Military Police Battalion, and one of the 25 Soldiers assigned with the 'task' to provide more realism to the movie role of the military police in the Hollywood movie, Avengers, to be released in movie theaters worldwide in 2012.

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