Laurel Ridge welcoming American Indian Society of Washington D.C. and Friends of the United Tribes of the Shenandoah for Native American Heritage Month
Laurel Ridge Community College is honored to welcome the American Indian Society of Washington D.C., Friends of the United Tribes of the Shenandoah, and sacred runners and walkers from the Dakotas to the Fauquier Campus on Monday, Nov. 14, as part of Native American Heritage Month.
“Come to the Circle,” a recently-developed cultural education program which debuted in the nation’s capital last month for Indigenous People’s Day, will feature storytelling, singing, a friendship dance and cornhusk crafts. The celebration will be from 1-3 p.m. in the Barkman Family Conference Center in Hazel Hall.
The event is being organized by student activities and recreation specialist Angela Schroeder, a Laurel Ridge alumna. She has helped to organize a lunch to be shared among college and tribal elders prior to the public event.
“We are honored to host Indigenous residents of the community here at the college, to develop ongoing relationships with local tribal leaders, and to learn about First Nations history through this exciting interactive program,” said Schroeder.
The state of New York declared the second Saturday in May 1916 American Indian Day. Illinois declared a day for Native Americans in 1919. A joint resolution naming November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage month was approved by President George H.W. Bush, according to nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov. The month is also called American Indian and Alaska Native Month.
Having the annual heritage month allows for the cultures, traditions, histories and contributions of Native Americans to be celebrated, according to the National Congress of American Indians’ website.
“[It] 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 the tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges,” the site says.