November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. As part of our observance, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) asked some Native leaders to share their thoughts and observations relevant to Native American heritage in a short essay series called Voices from Native Communities. We’ve started publishing one new article each week during the month, and so far two of the eventual four blog essays are available at this link: https://firstnations.org/Voices
One is by Carnell Chosa, Ph.D., who is Co-Director of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute. He is from Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. The other is by Jerilyn DeCoteau, who is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She is on the board of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.
Two more blogs will be posted yet this month, including one by Valerie Segrest, who is a Native nutrition educator and and enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe; and another by Michael Roberts, President & CEO of First Nations Development Institute, who is Tlingit. Be sure to check the webpage later during the month to see these additional essays.
For Native American Heritage Month in previous years, First Nations has featured books by or about Native Americans, Native recipes and cookbooks, must-see movies and even famous Native quotations. You can find them at these links: