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Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month In November

National Native American Heritage Month celebrates the accomplishments of American Indians and recognizes American Indians as the original inhabitants of the United States.  The tradition began in 1986 when Congress authorized and requested that President Reagan proclaim the last week in November as “American Indian Week.”  By 1990, the celebration was extended to the entire month of November.  It has become standard practice for the President to designate the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month yearly by setting forth a proclamation.  The 2012 Presidential Proclamation of National Native American Heritage Month can be found on the White House Web site: http://1.usa.gov/ZDC3gE

This year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is celebrating National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month with the theme, “Native Families Moving Ahead: Together We Strengthen Our Nations,” announced in a press release on the HHS web site.  Visit the Indian Health Service web site for more information about the history of National American Indian Heritage Month, promotional posters and upcoming events to celebrate the achievements of AI/ANs: http://1.usa.gov/Skz4Vm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides information about AI/ANs, their health and accomplishments in recognition of National American Indian Alaska Native Heritage Month.  This information can be found on the CDC web site: http://1.usa.gov/ZDE8cs

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