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American Indian/Alaskan Native Emphasis Program

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Emphasis Program

Erin Boyd American Indian Alaskan Native Special Emphasis Program Manager

Arizona NRCS American Indian/Alaska Native Emphasis Program Manager:

 Erin Boyd (928) 524-2652 ext 113

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.

November is American Indian Heritage Month

2011 AI/AN Heritage Month Poster

2013 AI/AN Month Presidential Proclamation

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