November is National American Indian Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage Month proclamation

Col. Roman Hund, installation commander, signs a National American Indian Heritage Month proclamation in Building 1305 at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Oct. 27, as Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes, Jr., Hanscom command chief, Senior Airman Charmaine Good Buffalo and Richard Ruggiero, members of the committee, look on. November is National American Indian Heritage Month, a time to recognize the contributions made by American Indian and Alaska Native people. The theme for this year’s monthlong observance is “Standing Together.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – November is National American Indian Heritage Month, a time to recognize the contributions made by American Indian and Alaska Native people. The theme for this year’s monthlong observance is “Standing Together.”

Col. Roman Hund, installation commander, along with committee members, kicked off the month by signing a proclamation in Building 1305 Oct. 27.

Randy Robertson, a member of the National American Indian Heritage Month committee, spoke about Native Americans’ culture.

"This annual event is a celebration of the Native American people and their culture," said Robertson. "This year, we highlight the influences and contributions that Native Americans have made to our country."

The observance recognizes American Indians for their military service, their respect for natural resources, the Earth, and many other important contributions to this country, according to the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute website.

Robertson highlighted other contributions made by American Indian and Alaska Native people.

"Many of the foods we eat, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts, were originally introduced to European settlers by Native Americans to help them survive after arriving to the New World,” he said. “Native Americans are also credited with shaping the American English language with words such as barbecue, chipmunk, mahogany, woodchip and hurricane."

For more information on National America Indian Heritage Month, including this year’s observance poster, presentation and other observance products, visit the DEOMI website at https://www.deomi.org/human-relations/special-observances.cfm.  

Members of the committee will setup an information table at the Base Exchange Nov. 14 during the lunch hour for those seeking information on Native American history and more.

For additional information about events happening locally, call Tech. Sgt. Raphael De La Rosa at 781-225-6397 or Rich Ruggiero at 781-225-0507.