Throughout the month of November, the Navy joins the nation in celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Honoring Our Nations: Building Strength Through Understanding,” which was provided by the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE).
A Cherokee American Indian J. C. Elliott-High Eagle, authored the legislation for American Indian Awareness Week that was signed in 1976, making October 10-16 the first official week of national recognition for the American Indian since the founding of the Nation, according to the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
This set a precedent which was followed later by public laws that expanded the observance to what we now know as National American Indian Heritage Month, observed from November 1 - 30 each year. The observance month recognizes American Indians for their respect for natural resources and the Earth, having served with valor in our nation's conflicts and for their many distinct and important contributions to the United States, including the arts.
American Indians have served with valor during all the nation’s wars and have made important contributions to the defense of the country since 1776, when George Washington began enlisting American Indians for his Army, Navy, and Marines, Naval History and Heritage Command reported.
In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month, NHHC has a webpage to highlight the Contributions of American Indians to the U.S. Navy.
For further reading: Warrior Ethos — American Indians have served with distinction in US military actions for over 200 years