United States Department of Veterans Affairs

President Obama proclaims November National Native American Heritage Month
November 24, 2010

In a Presidential Proclamation, President Barack Obama has proclaimed November National Native American Heritage Month and November 26 National Native American Heritage Day.

In the proclamation, he cites important steps toward working as partners with Native Americans. These steps include The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a new consultation process to improve communication and coordination between the Federal Government and tribal governments.

In addition, the Affordable Care Act, which permanently reauthorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, a cornerstone of health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives, was signed this year. This vital legislation will help modernize the Indian health care system and improve health care for 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. To combat the high rates of crime and sexual violence in Native communities, the President signed the Tribal Law and Order Act in July to bolster tribal law enforcement and enhance their abilities to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. And, recently, the Obama Administration reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by Native American farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture that underscores our commitment to treat all our citizens fairly.