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On August 3, 1990 President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month.
This commemorative month provides a platform for Native people in the United States to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life.
Now that we set aside a month to honor and celebrate the invaluable contributions of Native Americans to the United States, let’s make a commitment to learn more about their rich heritage. And, use this knowledge to continue building bridges of inclusion.
Did you know Native Americans were first to grow much of the food that many people eat today such as potatoes, beans, corn, peanuts, pumpkins, tomatoes, squash, peppers, nuts, melons and sunflower seeds?
One more interesting fact – words like barbecue, mahogany and hurricane, used in daily conversation were introduced by Native Americans.
Learn more about Native Americans by participating in events this month to celebrate Native American Heritage. Visit the UIC HR Diversity calendar to get details about UIC campus and surrounding community activities related to this celebration.
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