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Message from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

I join President Obama in celebrating National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. As keepers of a rich and ancient cultural heritage, American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to contribute and serve our Nation in every way possible, from caring for their children, frail elders and disabled family members to serving as role models for their communities and providing leadership in their Tribes, states and the nation.

Today, there are some 564 Federally Recognized Indian Tribes with a diverse array of languages and traditions. But there is a common thread that runs through all the communities – love of the land, respect for elders and the spirit to serve and protect their own Tribal nations and the United States.

The Administration on Aging knows that one of the more pressing concerns for their communities is the need for accessible, culturally appropriate home and community- based long term. I am committed to work with our federal partners and our national aging network of state, Tribal and community-based organizations to assist Tribes in finding better ways to bring services to American Indian and Alaska Native elders. By working together, we can improve the quality of life for our elders and ensure that all Americans enjoy healthy, happy and quality lives in their homes and communities as they age.

I encourage all of you to participate in the numerous events across the county to celebrate and acknowledge the many contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives of all ages.

To read the Presidential proclamation, please visit: