THIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Though National American Indian Heritage Month is in November, NATIVE AMERICAN DAY is enjoyed on the second Monday in October (FYI – some states observe it on the fourth Friday in September). This year, that means we will be celebrating on October 12, 2020.
I have a unique family background that is a fascinating mixture of immigrants and indigenous peoples. My respect for diversity as well as cultures is innate to me, for how can I hate when I know we are more connected than people realize? Though I am a Christian by faith, I am, also, deeply spiritual, incorporating many of my Native American ancestral beliefs into my religion along with some of my Viking heritage. As is my bloodline, my ideology is non-traditional, as well, which I don’t think distracts from God, rather it connects me further.
My Great-great-grandmother was a Cherokee medicine woman. Her son, my Great-grandfather, and his sons after him, were military men – warriors. They served their communities and gave to their people while they, also, farmed the land. My sister is now a RN, continuing the work of our linage. I served in the Air Force. Our nation is as strong as our people (we are all brothers and sisters) and as healthy as our land (to which we are tethered). This I know from the wisdom passed to me.
Let’s remember that when we peel away the layers, we are all 99.9% IDENTICAL. So, let’s celebrate our brother and sisterhood.