Written by HRCap, Inc.
December 1, 2022
Origins of National Native American Heritage Month
National Native American Heritage Month (NNAHM) is observed in November to honor and celebrate the cultural heritage and societal contributions of Native American and Alaskan Natives.
Its origin was in 1916 when New York declared an “American Indian Day” in the month of May. Then in 1976, President Gerald Ford proclaimed October 10-16 as “Native American Awareness Week.” Finally, in 1990, Congress and President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution, which designated the month of November as the first National American Indian Heritage Month. Congress chose November as the month to honor Native Americans because the month signals the end of their traditional harvest season.
Over the course of November, HRCap has highlighted Native American professionals that have made contributions to our society and industries. We hope that their impact on society will motivate everybody to become leaders that make a difference.