Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney Statement on Native American Heritage Month
“This November, as we honor and celebrate Native American heritage and customs, and the rich contributions indigenous peoples have made to our country, we must recognize that we must do better in ensuring that these communities are given the respect and resources they need and deserve from the federal government.
“The COVID-19 pandemic hit Native American communities especially hard, devastating communities who were without the support they need and deserve. During this Native American Heritage Month, I urge Americans to reflect on systemic racism and failures of the federal government to uphold its responsibility to Native Nations that brought us to this point.
“Native Americans have overcome many difficulties since the onset of colonization, including genocide, forced relocation, and assimilation. It is a testament to these communities that they have ensured that the cultures, languages, and traditions of their ancestors live on. As we celebrate the resiliency of Native communities, I recommit to ensuring that the federal government upholds tribal sovereignty and that we not only recognize the dark history that has led to inequities today, but learn from it as we build a more equitable and vibrant future for all.”