The purpose of this program is to focus on issues such as employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting American Indian/Alaska Native employees and applicants in NRCS.
Objectives of the American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program include:
Support the unique role of American Indians and Alaskan Natives within the Federal Government system.
Recruit potential American Indian/Alaskan Native employees.
Build coalitions with appropriate advocacy groups that support the NRCS mission.
Encourage the participation of American Indian and Alaska Natives in all NRCS sponsored programs and activities.
November is the AI/AN Celebrated Month
The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.
American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Association website
An association of NRCS employees, retirees and friends which advocates for services to reservations and Indian Lands, promotes the recruitment, retention and professional development of American Indian and Alaska Native employees.