During the upcoming month of November, we celebrate, honor and recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.
In November 1986, President Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation 5577 which proclaimed the first American Indian Week. In 1990, Congress passed Public Law 101-343 which authorized and requested President George H.W. Bush to issue a proclamation to designate the month of November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. Congress chose November as this month concluded the traditional harvest season and was generally a time of thanksgiving and celebration for many American Indians. Every President since has issued annual proclamations.
More than 1,000 students in David Douglas, or 10% of all District students, self-identify as being — at least in part — Native American. These students can trace their roots to native cultures that originated throughout South America, Central America and North America.
Let us celebrate and offer tribute to the rich history, contributions and culture of Native American Indian Tribes … share and learn more about the Native American Indian cultures during the month of November and throughout the school year!