Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Every year, our Nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country's character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our Nation, and models of government to our Founding Fathers -- American Indians and Alaska Natives helped build the very fabric of America. Today, their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country.

During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor their legacy, and we recommit to strengthening our nation-to-nation partnerships. As we celebrate the rich traditions of the original peoples of what is now the United States, we cannot forget the long and unfortunate chapters of violence, discrimination, and deprivation they had to endure. For far too long, the heritage we honor today was disrespected and devalued, and Native Americans were told their land, religion, and language were not theirs to keep. We cannot ignore these events or erase their consequences for Native peoples -- but as we work together to forge a brighter future, the lessons of our past can help reaffirm the principles that guide our Nation today.
Retrieved from  the 2014 National Native American Heritage Month Proclamation

Read the Native American Heritage Month Guide
Check out the heritage book display by the library entrance!

Watch a YouTube playlist depicting the occupation of Alcatraz island from 1969-1971 and the subsequent Sunrise Ceremony celebrating native Americans on Alcatraz each year.

Drummer's Journey
from the library's music database. (Login might be required from off-campus through your TigerID).

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