Greetings AAA families! Welcome to fall. As a reminder, November is Native American Heritage Month! This month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American 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.
One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens. The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. And on Dec. 14, 1915, he presented at the White House endorsements from 24 state governments for a day to honor Indians. The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the secondSaturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.
The federal government didn’t take action until 1983, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 13 as American Indian Day. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. It is now called National Native American Heritage Month. Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994. Visit COMPASS's webpage on the for more information including a book list and Native American related activities you can enjoy with the entire family.
COMPASS Update - November
An email was sent to parents who signed up for the COMPASS contact list. It included a brief statement about COMPASS as well as our slide deck from our general body meeting on October 11th. Additionally, there was a link to a short informational survey in order to make our current contact list more complete and to help us learn more about what kinds of programs, activities and experiences you believe would benefit the school and our children. If you haven't yet kindly follow the link and complete the COMPASS Survey We would love to hear from you! There are opportunities for parents to support the AAA community by supporting COMPASS! We appreciate every family at AAA and look forward to meeting and hearing from you. Many of you have expressed your interest in COMPASS and in opportunities to promote inclusion at the school. Contact member of the Leadership Team (see below) with questions. We are happy to chat. REMINDER: COMPASS' next meeting is Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm in the Fiat Library. We hope to see you!
Alyson Beasley-Bradley – firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-289-0861 (c)
Ayana Bradshaw – email@example.com 215-530-8271 (c)
Crystal Slater – firstname.lastname@example.org 267-767-3109 (c)