WILMINGTON — November is National American Indian Heritage Month.
Mayor John Stanforth signed a proclamation and it was read and presented to representatives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution by Wilmington City Council President Mark McKay on behalf of the mayor.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush declared November as National American Indian Heritage Month, now also known as Native American Heritage Month. The bill read in part that, “the President has authorized and requested to call upon Federal, State and local Governments, groups and organizations and the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities>”
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse Native cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. It’s also an opportunity to become aware of the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to face these challenges.
Several opportunities are available to learn about Native people this month.
The Ohio History Center in Columbus will have a food truck serving Native food Nov. 9-10 (https://www.ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar/ohio-history-center/native-american-food-truck).
The University of Dayton is offering a variety of programs, Native People of the Americas Colloquium 2018, Nov. 12-13. For more information, visit https://udayton.edu/studev/dean/oma/programs/native_peoples_celebration.php?fbclid=IwAR07OZQEvHVT5WetiAUbNvrU2_TgCVj856187k7A2KUGLsDJs5asQTt0xSg
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution works to educate members and the public about Native people and annually meets with the Mayor to receive and promote the proclamation.