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November is National American Indian Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage Month Program

The Federal Triangle Partnership, consisting of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is pleased to announce its program commemorating the 2010 National Native American  Heritage Month, which is celebrated annually during the month of November.  The 2010 Theme is "Pride In our Heritage, Honor to our Ancestors." 

This year's program will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM, in the auditorium of the U. S. Department of Commerce, which is accessible from the Federal Triangle Metro station on the blue/orange lines.  Seating for this event is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The keynote speaker will be Dennis W. Zotigh, who is the Cultural Liaison at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Dennis is a widely acclaimed research historian on American Indian/Native American cultural affairs, and also is known for his talents as a storyteller and an Indian dancer and singer.  He has competed and won numerous awards for his talents and is cofounder of the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, which is held annually at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.  Additionally, there will be a performance by the Great American Indian Dancers.  

The program will also feature Don Chapman, (Mohegan), Senior Advisor on Native American Affairs, Office of the Secretary and Curtis Zunigha, Program Manager American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Program, Census Bureau.  Curtis was present at the start of the first enumeration of the 2010 Census Count, that began in Noorvik, Alaska.   At the conclusion of the event, the program participants will be available for autographs and pictures.

This program is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Senora Coggs, OCR, at (202) 482-8190. 

2010 National Theme: Pride in our Heritage, Honor to our Ancestors.

National American Indian Heritage Month honors and recognizes the original peoples of this land.

Although the first "American Indian Day" was declared by the State of New York in 1916, a month long recognition of Native Americans was not achieved until 1990. In that year, President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." The month is also called "American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month."

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