November is Native American Heritage Month or as it is commonly refereed to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
Alex Greco, a junior exercise science and health promotions, talked about his heritage.
“We are like everyone else except we were historically the first ones here.”
Archaeological research shows that about 13,000 years ago, north-central Asian people migrated across the Bering Strait, which connects present-day Siberia and Alaska.
These ancestors of today’s American Indians/Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians were indigenous to what is now the United States, having established complex and flourishing societies long before European and other arrivals.