Letter to the editor: Celebrating American Indian heritage


During this month, our nation and the Lakewood Blue Spruce Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the Native Americans who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers.
Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul has proclaimed November as National American Indian Heritage Month by stating the contributions of American Indians have enhanced the freedom, prosperity, and greatness of America today. He further states that their customs and traditions are respected and celebrated as part of a rich legacy throughout the US.
As far back as the early 1900’s, the Boy Scouts set aside a day for the “First Americans.” In 1986 Congress established “American Indian Week.” Congress chose the month of November as this month concluded the traditional harvest season and was a time of thanksgiving and celebration for the American Indians.
In 1989 Congress passed the “National Museum of the American Indian Act” providing for a National Museum which is a part of the Smithsonian system. In the following year, President George W. Bush being inspired by the museum, issued a proclamation, making November as National American Indian Heritage month. President Bush stated that the “national museum is dedicated to the preservation of American Indian history, art, language, anthropology, and culture that will help enhance public awareness of – and appreciation for – these proud people”. Each president since then has proclaimed November as National American Indian Heritage Month.
In President Donald Trump’s 2018 Proclamation he encourages all Americans to learn more about American Indians and Alaska Native cultures as we celebrate and honor the many native peoples who have given so much to our great nation.
Colorado Governor Hicklenlooper also issued a Proclamation for this special month.
Dorothy Burke,


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