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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month, honoring significant contributions the Indigenous people of the Americas made to the establishment and growth of the United States.  

In recognition of this cultural observance, Avamere produced an educational flyer including Native American icons, a list of Avamere communities on Native land, and more. 

Native American Icons

Red Fox James, Blackfoot Native American

Before a day was nationally recognized, Red Fox James rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Native Americans. He presented endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House in December 1915. 

Mildred Loving

Mildred Loving, who was of African American and Native American descent, successfully challenged Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage in the 1960s. Mildred married Richard Loving, a white man, violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act. In a Supreme Court case with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, the court held that Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute violated both the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

An unofficial holiday celebrates Mildred and Richard’s triumph and multiculturalism, called Loving Day, on June 12.

Honor through education

Being the same month as Thanksgiving, this is an appropriate time to learn Thanksgiving history from the perspective of Native Americans and how their knowledge greatly shaped our world. 

Avamere communities on Native land

  1. The home office is on traditional territory of the Kalapuyan people

  2. Our communities in Bellingham, Washington are on Lummni Nation land

  3. The Wenatchi tribe originally inhabited the land where Avamere at Wenatchee sits

  4. People of the S’Klallam Tribe have inhabited the valley in Sequim, Washington for over 10,000 years

  5. Many more of our communities sit on native land. Find more information here.

Discover more

Learn more about Native American history! Watch a selection of documentaries by PBS and listen to a special episode of the People of Avamere Pod on cultural sensitivity.

Discover even more by following Avamere on Facebook and visiting

All links are unsponsored. 

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