CALENDAR

NATIONAL  AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH


On August 3, 1990 the President of the United States of America declared the month of “November” as “National American Indian Heritage Month” which is commonly or uncommonly preferred and referred to as “Native American Indian Heritage Month.” This was a landmark bill - 101st Congress - Public Law 101-343 honoring and respecting the Native American Indian People in the United States of America. This bill authorized and requested to call upon federal, state and local governments which includes organizations and groups to observe the month of “November” with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities to honor and respect the Native American Indian People. Federal agencies are encouraged to provide educational programs for their employees regarding Native American Indian history, culture, rights and contemporary issues and concerns to better assist them in their jobs and overall awareness and recognition. The only problem with this bill is that it is practically invisible and almost unknown to the public and private at large or small in the dominant society and culture. They do not promote public and private awareness and recognition about this month in newspapers, television, billboards, magazines, internet, radio or in our public and private educational institutions. We are still treated and mistreated as “Strangers In A Stolen Land” without any public and private awareness and recognition about our issues and concerns regarding our history. This is obviously not an undeliberate and unintentional case of absence of presence but a deliberate and intentional case of presence of absence. The whole point of passing this bill is to raise public and private awareness and recognition in the public and private at large or small in dominant society and culture about the issues and concerns regarding the history of the Native American Indian People. We must raise public and private awareness and recognition about the positive and negative significant events in our history both past and present with the public and private at large or small in the dominant society and culture if we want to raise public and private awareness and recognition about the positive and negative significant events in our history both past and present with the public and private at large or small in the dominant society and culture.

James David Aguirre