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NASA engineer talks culture, resilience at annual Native American heritage celebration
Joseph Connolly, a NASA aerospace engineer and Haudenosaunee tribal member, delivers the keynote presentation during the Defense Federal Community’s Native American Heritage Month celebration Nov. 29 at the Defense Supply Center Columbus.
Dec. 7, 2018 - An aerospace engineer and Haudenosaunee tribal member headlined the Defense Federal Community’s Native American Heritage Month celebration Nov. 29 at the Defense Supply Center Columbus.

DSCC’s Native American program reflects on history and celebrates cultural traditions
Guy W. Jones, known as Hunkpapa Lakota of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, speaks about his cultural heritage during the Defense Supply Center Columbus’ Native American Heritage Month Program Nov. 16. Jones resides in Dayton, Ohio. He is a direct descendent of Chief Gall, who led the frontal charge against the 7th Calvary at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Nov. 20, 2017 - The Defense Federal Community celebrated Native American Heritage Month Nov. 16 in the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Operations Center auditorium, reflecting on the history and celebrating cultural traditions of native nations.



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The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and the employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting American Indian employees and applicants in our agency. The month of observance is November for this program.


The history of Native American Indian Heritage Month goes back to the early 1900s when efforts were made to set aside a day to recognize the contribution of Native Americans. In 1914, Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, traveled by horseback to every state obtaining endorsements to have a day of honor for the First Americans. On December 14, 1915, he submitted to the White House, the 24 state endorsements he had obtained. But it would be nine years before an Act of Congress would even grant citizenship to Native Americans.

The first "American Indian Day" in a state was declared on the Second Saturday in May 1916, by the Governor of New York. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994.

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