Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Thu, 11/05/2020

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor and recognize the indigenous peoples of this land. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

Why do we celebrate?

Throughout our history, Native Americans have been an important part of the foundations of Washington State and the nation.

Yet, they have often been overlooked, stereotyped, marginalized, dismissed, or misunderstood.

Today, Native Americans continue to face injustices, and many suffer from social and economic challenges caused by trauma, bias, and discrimination inflicted over generations.

Heritage Month is an opportune time to learn about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges indigenous people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens and descendants have met these challenges.

What is the Health Care Authority (HCA) doing to celebrate?

Throughout the month, HCA staff will celebrate with videos, virtual events, and spotlights of nationally-recognized Native American citizens.

Our opening video includes a blessing by Jessie Dean, HCA Tribal Affairs Administrator, remarks by both Sue Birch, HCA Director and Jessie Dean, and a short video about the Spokane Tribe’s Culture Week.

What can you do?

Visit the National Native American Heritage Month website for more information and ways to participate.