Native American Heritage Month 2020

Native American Heritage Month. Celebrating hope, honoring resiliency, and engaging tribal nations.

The National Institutes of Health celebrates November as National Native American Heritage Month as we remain deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our research and workplace. During this month we pay tribute to the many contributions made by Native Americans. Our hope in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is to continue to acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans and work to help eliminate discrimination throughout the year.

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Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and It will live in my heart forever.
— Native American Proverb

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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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"Mark Shelton can’t remember a time when he wasn’t creating art and he continues to make it his life long passion. He’s a modern-contemporary Native-American artist who was born and raised in Moline, Illinois. After moving to Oregon in 1984 he became interested in both Fine and Graphic Art. He earned his AAS Degree from Portland Community College, his BFA with honors from Pratt Institute in New York City and has been certified as the Honorary Chinook Tribal Artist." (