November is Native American Month
Each U.S. president since 1991 has reaffirmed November as Native American Month to acknowledge the large sacrifices Native Americans have made to and for our country. It would be a challenge to find and make a case for any single ethnic group that has made greater sacrifice, suffered and given more for this country.
So take a moment to reflect and honor the Native Americans and promise to educate yourself, your children and others about this important history. There are fine cultural and historical displays at Native American museums on each of our neighboring tribes’ reservations — Yakama Nation, Wanapum Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
President Obama goes on to say, “Native Americans have helped make America what it is today. As we reflect on our history, we must acknowledge the unfortunate chapters of violence, discrimination, and deprivation that went on for far too long, as well as the effects of injustices that continue to be felt. While we cannot undo the pain and tragedy of the past, we can set out together to forge a brighter future of progress and hope across Indian country and the entire American landscape.”
John L. Cox, Richland