On Monday, October 31, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. issued a Presidential Proclamation honoring the storied legacy of American Indians and Alaska Natives in our Nation and declared November 2022 as National Native American Heritage Month.
Their cherished legacy, rich cultures, and heroic history of military service inspire us all. In November, as we recommit to supporting Native American Tribes and people, we resolve to work side-by-side with their leaders to secure stronger, safer communities and preserve their sacred heritage for future generations.
Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and history and acknowledges the important contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States. Throughout November, OMH will focus on raising awareness about the health disparities impacting the American Indian/Alaska Native community and highlight the importance of staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, DC—November 3, 2021— On the first day of National Native American Heritage Month the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) wrote a letter to the Atlanta Braves over concerns regarding their name and mascot. The letter from NIHB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stacy A. Bohlen who is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, calls for the Atlanta Braves to acknowledge their role in perpetuating harmful behaviors and attitudes towards American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people, change their name, and abandon their usage of Native inspired imagery.
The letter can be viewed here.
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