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American Indian/Alaska Native Emphasis Program

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.
American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 3 MB)

November is American Indian Heritage Month

In 1986, President Reagan designated November 23-30 as American Indian Week. Four years later, President Bush proclaimed the first National American Indian Heritage Month. Each year since, U.S. Presidents have proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month. NRCS celebrates American Indian Heritage Month in November. As part of this celebration, an American Indian Tribe artist is chosen each year to develop a poster. This year's poster entitled "A Native American Journey through Time: The Trust and the Stewardship" is designed by S. Denise Housley of the Georgia Tribe Eastern Cherokee.

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