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"The Lesson," by Traci Rabbit selected as this year’s American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster

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The artwork titled, “The Lesson,” captures a spirit of American Indian women that embodies the best in female strength, which is passed on to our children, along with repeated lessons of their culture. This aligns with the NRCS theme for this year’s poster—“Healing Our Lands and Our People

American Indian Heritage Month is observed from November 1 through November 30.  During this time, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) celebrates and recognizes the intertribal cultures and takes the opportunity to educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Furthermore, we respect and honor tribal sovereignty by working on a Government-to-Government basis with Tribal Nations to protect and enhance tribal natural resources.  To this end, NRCS dedicates a poster every year from the artwork of an American Indian artist to celebrate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in November. 

This year’s the Heritage poster artist is Traci Rabbit of Pryor, Oklahoma. Rabbit is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Traci and her dad, Bill Rabbit, have a family American Indian art studio. The artwork titled, “The Lesson,” captures a spirit of American Indian women that embodies the best in female strength, which is passed on to our children, along with repeated lessons of their culture. This aligns perfectly with the NRCS theme for this year’s poster—“Healing Our Lands and Our People for the Next Generations.”

Rabbit said, “Lessons come in many ways and forms. Teaching our next generation not only about our culture and heritage, but also about how to be kind to our Mother Earth who supports all life.  Through these lessons we as Indigenous people will remain strong and connected to her.   It is humbling and an honor to have been chosen again as this year’s poster artist.  It is my desire through my art to tell a story of my Cherokee heritage and to encourage upcoming young artists to do the same.  It is through our expression in art that future generations will learn and know who we are. My hope is to inspire young native artists in their journey and to be a stepping stone or a shoulder to stand on for them to share their talent with the world.”

The posters will be showcased in every NRCS office across the Nation and a copy  provided to all Tribes across the Nation.

These posters honor the conservation work of Indian Tribes to protect their natural resources and their vision for future generations. NRCS has a strong working relationship with Tribes and we are honored to assist them with technical assistance and programs to enhance their efforts to preserve their lands,” stated Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS State Tribal Liaison.

Sponsors of this year’s contest are the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, NRCS Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

Contact.   If you would like further information, contact Dr. Carol Vallee Crouch, NRCS State Tribal Liaison at (405) 742-1203 carol.crouch@usda.gov