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From the EDI Director: 2019 National Native American Heritage Month

Debra C. Chew Esq.

Dear NIH,

November is the month we celebrate the enormous contributions of Native Americans. This year’s Native American Heritage Month theme is Developing Native Leaders to Create a Better Tomorrow.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) takes pride in the work we do each day because our goal is to make a meaningful difference. We work to ensure that the civil rights of all NIH employees are protected. EDI works daily to identify issues, analyze policies, and develop strategies to help eliminate discrimination and underrepresentation of Native Americans in all occupations and at all levels of employment at the NIH. We hope that you have many opportunities this month to celebrate the cultures, art, languages, music, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

To learn more about Native American Heritage Month as well as other information concerning the EDI Native American Portfolio, please visit the Native American Portfolio Page. You can also follow EDI on Twitter and Instagram. On behalf of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, we thank you for your service!

For additional resources for learning about Native Americans, see below.

Additional Resources:

  • The Official Native American Heritage Month website
  • The National Archives offers free webinars on using historical documents to teach about Native American history. These webinars are offered as part of the National Archives Native American professional development series. Find out more and register on the The National Archives web site..
  • Native Knowledge 360° is the National Museum of the American Indian’s national initiative to inspire and promote improvement of teaching and learning about American Indians. The museum also publishes a quarterly magazine, accessible on their web site..

Sincerely yours,

Debra Chew, Esq.
EDI Director

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