American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month originated in 1915 when the president of the Congress of American Indian Associations issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday in May of each year as American Indian Day. The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. The 1964 Civil Rights Act does not apply to American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
The program seeks to:
Support the unique role of American Indians and Alaskan Natives within the Federal Government system.
Recruit potential American Indian/Alaskan Native employees.
Develop mentoring processes among American Indian/Alaskan Native employees.
Build coalitions with appropriate advocacy groups.