Diversity Spotlight: Native American Heritage Month

Julia Kim '21, Staff Writer

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The month of November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month. The month-long observation began in 1990 under President George H. W. Bush. During this month, federal agencies are encouraged to support educational programs to further their employees’ understandings of Native American history and modern-day issues Native Americans experience within society. Additionally, Native American Heritage Month is recognized as a time to reflect on and recognize the contributions of indigenous people to the U.S.’ culture and history. During this period, individuals are encouraged to take time to talk about the difficult relationship between people native to the continent and the government that exerts control over the land. Native American Heritage Month is imperative to U.S. societal life as it grants an opportunity to educate people on the diversity of indigenous cultures and the beauty of the culture that has existed on the continent for thousands of years.

During this month it is important to highlight the difficult relationship between the United States and Native Americans. From the very beginning, there has always been present prejudice and many atrocities have been committed. To this day, voter suppression and disrespect of cultural sites continues. Thus, the priority of this month is to encourage advocacy and recognize that the nation must improve upon its recognition of these injustices by highlighting the perseverance of the native people and the pride that they carry.

Diversity Board at Marymount works to honor the celebration of Native American Heritage by preparing interesting facts and organizing a thought-talk on the history of Native American Heritage and culture.