Ricki_WaltersBy Ricki Walters, Regional Diversity Trainer/Investigator

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This month began at the turn of the century as a commemorative day set aside to recognize American Indians for the significant contributions they made to the development and growth of our country. In 1976, the President proclaimed the week of October 10-16, 1976, as “Native American Awareness Week.” The commemorative weeks changed a number of times over the years, until August 3, 1990, when a Joint Resolution was approved by President Bush designating November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.”