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View all events and activities on the official DLA Land and Maritime calendar.
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.