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TAD honors American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout November

Honoring Our Nations: Building Strength Through Understanding

Published Nov. 19, 2019
The Department of Defense 2019 National American Indian Heritage Month poster depicts an auburn and brown background of varying shades. At the top of the poster is a medium-dark brown header. The names of the 573 Indian and Alaskan federally recognized tribes maintained by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior fills the entire background of the poster in dark brown text. These tribal names can be seen through all the lettering on the poster as well as the primary image at the center.
Imposed on the medium-dark brown header is the observance theme “Honoring Our Nations, Building Strength through Understanding” in lighter auburn colored text.
Immediately below the theme and on the auburn-brown background is the observance title spread across two lines. The first line in smaller capitalized block text reflects, NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN. Immediately below in larger font is the remainder of the title, HERITAGE MONTH.

The Department of Defense 2019 National American Indian Heritage Month poster depicts an auburn and brown background of varying shades. At the top of the poster is a medium-dark brown header. The names of the 573 Indian and Alaskan federally recognized tribes maintained by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior fills the entire background of the poster in dark brown text. These tribal names can be seen through all the lettering on the poster as well as the primary image at the center. Imposed on the medium-dark brown header is the observance theme “Honoring Our Nations, Building Strength through Understanding” in lighter auburn colored text. Immediately below the theme and on the auburn-brown background is the observance title spread across two lines. The first line in smaller capitalized block text reflects, NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN. Immediately below in larger font is the remainder of the title, HERITAGE MONTH.

Colleagues and Friends,

After 100 years of efforts to establish it, President George H. W. Bush designated November as National American Indian Heritage Month. What originally started as an effort to gain a single day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated to recognize native cultures and educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

The theme for 2019 is “Honoring Our Nations: Building Strength Through Understanding.”

There are a total of 573 federally recognized tribal nations in these United States. As we celebrate other events this month, Command Sergeant Major Delapena and I encourage you to also take time to celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions made by American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to strengthening our understanding of the uniqueness of each indigenous tribe, and the wisdom, customs, cultures and heritage each has contributed to the overall fabric of our nation.

Thank you for all you do every day!

Sincerely,
Col. Chris Beck, Commander, Transatlantic Division