Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) is a time for celebrating the first peoples of this land, whose rights and cultures helped to shape the United States into what it is today.

Originally instated in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, several states, counties, and cities alongside Congress, current and past presidents have recognized the month of November as Native American Heritage Month.

This November, however, is even more special as we approach the November 8th Election Day. As we celebrate our accomplishments in our communities, we want to recognize the challenges we continue to face on key issues and how we can make a positive difference through the power of our voices. This is an engaging and exciting election. It is critical that our voices are heard, and we show up to the polls to cast a vote. Your vote counts!

Brian Cladoosby is the Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe of Washington State, and President of the National Congress of American Indians. Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. To learn more about the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) please visit,

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