Emma Braunstein – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As November is National Native American Heritage Month, many commemorate throughout the month in different ways.

One way people celebrate is by partaking in “Rock Your Moc’s” day on Tuesday, Nov. 16. On this day people would wear moccasins or a turquoise ribbon for awareness.

Another event is the Native Art Market, held in Washinton D.C., where people can bid and purchase unique handmade artwork and artifacts.

President Joesph Biden also recently declared Friday, Nov. 26 as National Indian Heritage Day.

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The day was first proclaimed in 1990 by President George H.W Bush, and since then every president has signed a proclamation meant to celebrate and support Indigenous communities.

Mustangs appreciate the opportunity to recognize this example of American diversity.

“I feel like we should celebrate all cultures and heritages because everyone is so diverse and unique. it would be so important to learn and appreciate them. I especially feel we should celebrate National Indian Heritage month. They have been through so much throughout history and are still fighting some pretty intense battle to this day,” said LRHS senior Emma Balak.

Senior Reva Ghandi said, “National Indian Heritage Month definitely needs more awareness, and acknowledgement. I didn’t even know we were supposed to celebrate it.”

Those wanting to celebrate can do things such as watching a documentary, visiting Native American heritage centers, or historical sights.