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Libraries celebrate Native American Heritage Month
Libraries celebrate Native American Heritage Month

From the Community Library Network:

November is Native American Heritage Month and the Community Library Network at Hayden, 8385 N. Government Way, plans to celebrate.  Coeur d’Alene Tribe Culture Director Quanah Matheson will present “Keeping Our Heritage Alive” on Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30.   


“It is a privilege to welcome Mr. Matheson to the Hayden Library and to hear him share his knowledge of the history, culture, and traditions of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe,” said Liane Hampton, program coordinator.


Matheson has written about the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s aboriginal territory—one that extends into three states—and how much the land means to their culture.  “This is where God put us and where we will stay to take care of the land that he entrusted to us forever,” he wrote in American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook.  


He will speak about the tribes guiding principles and how through innovation, motivation and cooperation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe continues to focus on family, community and protection of Tribal homelands.


President George H.W. Bush declared November National American Indian Heritage Month in 1990, but the first American Indian Days was celebrated in May 1916 in New York.  Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode on horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments, to secure a day to honor American Indians.  For information, call 208-772-5612.

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