Published November 17, 2021Announcing the DPS Land Acknowledgement Written by Dr. Tink Tinker in Collaboration with Native American Culture and Education Recognizing DPS commitments to “Know Justice, Know Peace,” we, the DPS educational Read More »
Indigenous peoples are the first Americans of this country. In Colorado, we occupy the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. The month of November is established as Native American Heritage Month, and was formalized in 1990 during the Bush administration, and continues to be established through presidential proclamations since. November is a time to recognize, honor, and celebrate the diverse traditions, cultures, and languages of the first Americans. In addition, to honor our Native American veterans and service members who have courageously served and continue to serve in the armed forces. This is a time for individuals to learn and acknowledge the significant sacrifices and contributions Native Americans faced and overcame, both historically and presently. Today there are over 574 Native American sovereign Tribal nations here in the United States, each with many enrolled citizens.
In DPS, we are honoring this cultural moment with celebration of our Native community and through learning.