Native American Heritage Month 2019

2019 Native American Heritage Month

Developing Native leaders to create a better tomorrow.


[dee-vel-up]: to cultivate; to grow to an advanced skilled level.

[ lee-der ]: a person or thing that leads.

[ men-tawr, -ter ]: a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

Heritage month celebrations such as Native American Heritage Month are important to providing a safe space to teach and learn about diversity and inclusion. During this time we pay tribute to the many contributions made by American Indians and Alaska Natives. The purpose of this space is to provide the opportunity to recognize the complexities of Native American identity from career advancement to popular culture. We must also acknowledge both achievements and struggles within the Native American community in order to lead the way to a healthier future for all. Our hope in EDI is to continue to acknowledge the contributions and work to help eliminate discrimination throughout the year. #EDI365
— Ashley Wells (Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation), Principal Strategist

Champions of Diversity at NIH

Dr. Symma Finn

Dr. Symma Finn

Program Director

NIH-EPA Centers of Execellence for Health Disparities Research

Tierra Robinson

Tierra Robinson

Physical Scientist (Environmental)

Waste and Recovery Branch of Division of Environmental Protection

EDI Blogs

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Debra Chew
Did You Know? Native American Facts

Intersectionality: Past & Present

Intersectionality promotes an understanding of human beings as shaped by the interaction of different social locations (e.g., ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, geography, age, disability/ability, migration status, religion).

Two heroic Native American individuals were selected to represent the past and present.

Doing the Work

Native American Organizations Serving the Community

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Part of changing the culture is staying informed.

Our promise is to provide advancement opportunities and improve employment experiences for all individuals in the Federal service. The Native American Portfolio works to identify systemic causes of discrimination experienced by Native Americans through barrier analysis. In partnership with tribal colleges, universities, and professional organization, we create strategy for advancing Native Americans at the NIH on the basis of their merit, skills, and talent.

This is where you enter the conversation. We need your collaboration and voice to create long-term change. We need all NIH employees involved to ensure NIH is truly inclusive. Stay informed by connecting with us on social media to learn about opportunities and diversity related initiatives at the NIH.

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Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.
— Tribe Unknown