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Native American Heritage Month Gives Us an Opportunity to Get Past the Thanksgiving Pilgrim Indian


November 8, 2021

The First Thanksgiving 1621, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899). (Photo/Wikipedia)

When he proclaimed November Native American Heritage Month, President Joe Biden became the sixth U.S. president to recognize the month as such since President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1990.

To be accurate, November was proclaimed National American Indian Heritage Month from 1990 to 2008. Beginning with the Obama administration, the month became Native American Heritage Month.

During the last administration, then President Donald Trump thought it was too much to only recognize Native Americans and he proclaimed November 2019 as National American History and Founders Month in an attempt to divert attention away from Native Americans. Then he returned to proclaiming Native American Heritage Month in 2020.


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