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Native American Heritage Month Celebration
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 www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.