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Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Native American Heritage Month Event for DBH 005

First District Supevisor Robert A. Lovingood, Keynote speaker Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor, DBH Director CaSonya Thomas, Third District Supervisor James Ramos

More than 140 people representing various cultures, communities and organizations attended the Native American Heritage Month Celebration on November 13, 2013, at the University of Redlands. The event was hosted by the County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Native American Resource Center, and the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.

On November 5, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution honoring November as Native American Heritage Month. The month of November is also a nationally recognized month honoring the Native American Heritage.

The theme for this year’s event was “Four Directions of Wellness.” This theme was selected to focus on the importance of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health when working with Native American/Alaskan Native Community members in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse. The event included a keynote presentation from Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor. The event also included cultural dancing, craft activities, entertainment and food.

The Native American Heritage Month Celebration was started by the DBH Native American Awareness Sub-Committee in 2009, as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. The purpose of the celebration is to further our understanding of Native American Culture through education. The event is also used as a platform to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma, promote access to care and share community resources.  For more information visit

6 Responses to Native American Heritage Month Celebration

  • Please let me know when there is a similar event anywhere in the So. California area.

  • I am sorry I missed this event. Please put me on your email list to notify me of any upcoming Native American events.
    I have written three Native American Books.
    NATIVE AMERICAN RECIPES (This book represents 30 tribes with their traditional recipes)
    Thank you
    Mary Ruth Hughes

  • I attended the event – it was great! It had representation from various communities and vendors representing various organizations. I enjoyed the dancing protion of the event and the workshops. In one of the workshops I had the opportunity to make a medicine wheel necklace from scratch. I love the symbolic meaning to it.

    Great event – had fun!

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