A Message from the Strategist
Native American Heritage Month, established in 1990, celebrates the rich, cultural contributions of Native Americans to society. This year’s NIH theme, “Indigenous Resilience and Cultural Revitalization,” aims to increase awareness of and foster dialogue on equity, opportunity, and justice for American Indian communities.
There is much to commemorate and even more to learn from one another as we highlight the diversity that strengthens our workplace. Demonstrate allyship by embracing our theme; engage in conversations with your colleagues about the important matters of fairness and justice for this community within our shared space.
I hope you will find time to explore the featured blogs and participate in the events we feature for the month. Let November serve as a reminder of the importance of cultural understanding as we continue to build a more inclusive and harmonious society.
Native American Employment
Beyond Survivance: Thrivance Among American Indian and Alaska Native Cancer Survivors
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Join the NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) for an OCS Director’s Series webinar on November 7. Dr. Karina L. Walters will present Beyond Survivance: Thrivance Among American Indian and Alaska Native Cancer Survivors.
This webinar is intended for researchers, advocates, clinicians, and policy makers with an interest in the health of tribal communities, oncology, or cancer survivorship. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Crystal Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance of the event.
Native American Arts Exhibit
Thomas Jefferson Building - Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ200-E) 10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540
This small, curated display for National Native American Heritage Month honors creative work by Indigenous artists from various tribal nations. It highlights work promoted by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in association with Native galleries and museums in 1970, and Plains Indian and Pacific Northwest painting and drawing, featuring the tradition of Ledger Art and the work of women artists.
Additional dates and times are available through November.
About the Artwork
The artwork for our 2023 Native American Heritage Month observance displays a patterned design inspired by a Navajo blanket made between 1900 and 1920. There are currently 573 federally recognized tribes across the United States, each with their own languages, customs, traditions, and art forms. The artwork depicts several Native American symbols from the recognized tribes such as the Bear, Sun, Turtle, Eagle, Cactus, and Buffalo, each symbolizing the strength, courage, and resiliency of the Native American community.
Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division