WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) is pleased to encourage the promotion of National American Indian Heritage Month. NAFSA calls on all Americans to raise their awareness of Native American issues and recognize the many contributions to the United States from the first people of America.
Throughout the month of November, NAFSA member tribes are encouraging and assisting their members – along with tribes across the nation – to raise awareness of Native American history and culture. A strong understanding of National American Indian Heritage Month will reaffirm the appreciation and respect for Native traditions and way of life and will help to preserve an important part of our culture for generations yet to come.
"American Indians have intensely shaped our country's character and our cultural heritage. I am proud of the contributions of American Indians to the legacy of America. Through this observance, Americans can celebrate the significant contributions of American Indians to our heritage and culture," said Barry Brandon, NAFSA Executive Director.
During National Native American Heritage Month, NAFSA recognizes the ancestry and time-honored traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in North America. As we move forward in the 21st century, American Indians and Alaska Natives will play a vital role in maintaining our Nation's strength and prosperity. NAFSA encourages all to recognize the unique spiritual, artistic, and literary contributions that enliven and enrich the American legacy.
After nearly a century of advocacy, in 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a joint resolution of Congress proclaiming November as National American Indian Heritage Month. The month of November celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of those who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States of America. Congress chose the month of the November to recognize the American Indians as this month concluded the traditional harvest season.
The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) formed in 2012 to advocate for Native American sovereign rights and enable tribes to offer responsible online lending products. Through the protection of consumer rights and sovereign immunity, NAFSA provides vital services to tribally operated lenders serving the under-banked with better short term financial services, furthering economic development opportunities in Indian Country.
SOURCE Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA)