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Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Across Arizona and the country, many people are celebrating November’s National Native American Heritage Month.

Across Arizona and the country, many people are celebrating November’s National Native American Heritage Month.

In his proclamation, President Barack Obama said Native Americans and Alaska Natives have helped shape the history and future of the country. Obama recognized how Native Americans have endured a long history of unfortunate chapters of pain and tragedy, discrimination and injustice, and how he pledged “to maintain the meaningful partnerships with tribal nations, and renew the commitment to our nation-to-nation relationships as we seek to give all our children the future they deserve.”

Within the Community, several events took place at the Salt River Elementary School November 14-16. Salt River High School marked the event November 14-18 with “Cultural Week.” The SRPMIC government encouraged employees to “Roc Your Mocs” on November 15.

Native American Heritage Month “means to go back to your roots and remember your past ancestors and where you come from,” SRHS sophomore Jacob Schurz said. “I will be celebrating with my school by showing and sharing where you come from and your traditions you have.”

Here are events happening this month in the Valley:

November 1-30
Heard Museum: Following the Sun and Moon: Katsina Panel Display
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Library, Pecos campus

November 1-30
Heard Museum: “Boarding School Experience and History” Panel Display
Scottsdale Community College Library

November 1-21
Salt River Family Turkey Drive
Scottsdale Community College

November 18-20
35th Annual Fort McDowell Orme Dam Victory Days

November 19
American Indian Arts Festival
Casa Grande National Monument
www.nps.gov/cagr/planyourvisit/american-indian-music-fest.htm

November 26-28
Native American Indian Heritage Month Social Indian Craft Market
Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson
www.visitarizona.com

November 29
Miss Indian SCC Pageant
Scottsdale Community College
6 p.m.

If you are looking for online access to programs or resources for Native Americans, visit www.NativeOneStop.gov.