By Angela P. Dodson
In November, we honor the indigenous people of the United States. It is National Native American Heritage Month. It has been proclaimed by law since 1990 when President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. It later became known by its current name. This month was chosen because it represents the end of harvest time and includes the national celebration of Thanksgiving.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 more than 2.9 million people identify as American Indian and Alaska Natives, and about 2.3 million more report native heritage in combination with one or more other races, totaling about 1.6 percent of the nation’s population. About 500 tribes live in the U.S.
The observance this month offers opportunities to attend programs, participate in activities and read about the customs and contributions of the first people of this land. Head to our American Indian/Alaskan Native page for resources and information about getting involved on PC's campus.