November is Native American Heritage Month

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Published November 7, 2023

DaLynna Wood | Multimedia Specialist

At today's City Council meeting, Mayor Stan Booker presented a proclamation honoring November as Native American Heritage Month, which was accepted by Comanche Chairman Mark Woommavovah and the Comanche Youth Dancers.

The proclamation asserts that Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples have significantly influenced our nation's history and culture, enhancing America's freedom, prosperity, and greatness. Their customs and traditions resonate as a rich legacy throughout the United States.

Native Americans are inextricably linked with the history of the United States. Their contributions are deeply woven into our nation's rich tapestry. During National Native American Heritage Month, we acknowledge and celebrate the first Americans, recognizing their contributions and sacrifices.

Congress expanded recognition of Native American Awareness Week, which began in 1976, and President George Bush approved the designation of November as National American Indian Heritage Month in August 1990.

Native Americans stand as a testament to the profound importance of culture and the vitality of traditions passed down through generations.

In Lawton, Oklahoma, Native American men and women contribute to all areas of life, including government, business, arts and sciences, medicine, education, law enforcement, and the military.