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Assistant Secretary Greenlee Joins in Recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month

The Administration on Aging is pleased to join the President in recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. We are reminded of the intertribal cultures that contribute to the history, culture and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native people. This is an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the rich history and time-honored traditions of Native Americans and look to the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. We continue to support individual needs of the Tribes and look forward to greater economic independence and self-sufficiency for Native Americans particularly with the passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and Health Care Reform.

According to the 2010 Census projections, approximately 300,000 persons age 60 and over identified themselves as American Indians or Alaskan Natives. To help meet the nutrition, health promotion and social services needs of Tribal elders, the Administration on Aging provides grants to eligible Federally Recognized Tribes to support the delivery of programs and services to and those that care for them to enable elders to remain independent, at home and in the community. These services are a key component to creating a more balanced long-term care system in Indian country and support community living.

Again, we join the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. To read the President’s proclamation, please visit: http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/29/presidential-proclamation-national-native-american-heritage-month.