Monday November 5, 2012
What is it?
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 a month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities."
As such, in November of each year, the Army celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month and recognizes the accomplishments of American Indians, this country's original inhabitants, explorers and settlers.
What has the Army done?
Army leadership has asked the entire Army family to give sincere thanks and appreciation for the past and present contributions American Indian Soldiers, civilians and family members have made. 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. 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.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The U.S. Army will continue to support professional organizations that promote the recruitment, retention, development, and advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native government employees, professionals and students such as the Society of American Indian and Government Employees and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to foster relationships and assist professionals and students in the fields of Science Technology Engineering and Math while also creating opportunities in the Army.
Why is this important to the Army?
Throughout our Army's 237-year history, American Indians have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of our nation. American Indians have a distinguished legacy in our Army - from the courage displayed as Scouts with the U.S. Cavalry, to the distinguished service rendered as Code Talkers in World War II, to the true warrior spirit and acts of heroism shown in our brave Soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world today. We are very proud of the lasting contributions American Indians continue to make as Soldiers, civilians, veterans and family members that keep our Army Strong as the premier fighting force in the world.
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"In November each year, the Army celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month and recognizes the accomplishments of this country's original inhabitants, explorers and settlers ... "
- Senior leaders message
"It is important to celebrate the heritage, history, art and traditions of those who shaped the history of our country ... If you have a bunch of crayons that are all the same color you can still draw a picture, but if you have several colors you can create a masterpiece."
- Sgt. 1st Class Mackie J. Slate, tenant units equal opportunity adviser at Fort Rucker, Ala., explaining that diversity is a major factor in the military's problem solving success.
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