In 1990, November was officially designated as Native American Heritage Month(NAHM) by the federal government. This proclamation, signed by President George H.W. Bush, came after several decades of advocacy, passion and persistence by figures such as Dr. Arthur C. Parker, the American Indian Association, Reverend Sherman Coolidge and Red Fox James. Nationally, NAHM encompasses Native American and Alaskan Natives.
The George Washington University (GW) presented its first annual Native American Heritage Celebration (NAHC) in 2004. Promoting the values and traditions of Native American and Alaskan Natives, NAHC programs include student culture shows, performers, distinguished guest lectures, seminars and educational events.
The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical, content and ideological support for Native American organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout NAHC. Students, faculty and staff with varying leadership experience and skill sets are encouraged to participate in NAHC. All activities related to NAHC are facilitated by MSSC senior staff and graduate student coordinators. The minimum requirement for involvement is to have a commitment to and passion for Native American culture. For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).