God in Many Faces

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.  From generation to generation, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) handed down invaluable cultural knowledge and rich traditions in art, folk tales, literature, religion, language and American history.  AI/ANs have served in the U.S. Armed Forces with honor and distinction, defending the security of our nation with their lives.  Historically, AI/ANs have the highest record of service per capita compared to other ethnic groups.  According to the U.S. Department of Interior, the United States has 567 federally recognized tribes.  An estimated 6.7 million people identified as AI/AN alone or AI/AN in combination with one or more other races, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Make some time to learn about and celebrate their cultures this month.  Read a Native American history book or a novel that dives into the history and traditions of native people.  Movies like Pocahontas tend to sensationalize truth about Native American history, so reading a book will likely give you a more realistic vision.  Learn the true story about the very first thanksgiving.  What you were taught in elementary school isn’t quite accurate (https://www.businessinsider.com/history-of-thanksgiving-2017-11).