|Eagle Point Group of Texas|
What I lost sight of--was the fact that Thanksgiving was first established and shared with the English Settlers from the Old World. It was the Indian that saved the remnants of the early colonists; they blessed us with perhaps the most relevant commemorative holiday short of either Christmas, Easter, or the Presidential elections. I found that I knew very little about Native American heritage. For instance, John Woo's 2002 film Wind Talkers (starring Nicholas Cage) was an actual portrayal of the contribution of Native American (Navajo) Soldiers --their use of tribal languages--to encode military intelligence that was unable to be deciphered by Hitler's Nazi officers.
History of Native American Heritage Commemoration
of Native American Heritage
In partnership with tribal nations, my Administration has addressed injustices and built new avenues of opportunity for American Indians and Alaskan Natives. As we celebrate National Native American Heritage Month, let us move forward in the spirit of mutual understanding and mutual trust, confident that our challenges can be met and that our shared future is bright.As we practice our annual ritual of giving thanks, let us also adopt an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude for our Creator and our creation. The ULTIMATE sacrifice of our Military [as well as the service of Veterans]. The blessings of family and friends. Meaningful employment; thriving businesses...surviving tragic consequences of natural disasters. And let us remember our Native American Brothers and Sisters for their great gift...