November is Native American Heritage Month…

Critics say Trump is subverting it with a new celebration of the Founding Fathers.

By Teo Armus, Washington Post

[Curator’s Note: From time to time ABHM posts news articles like this that bring to light bigotry and discrimination against racial and ethnic groups other than African Americans. Our founder Dr. James Cameron hoped the USA would become “one single and sacred nationality” through racial repair and reconciliation. His vision requires us to learn the histories and understand the lived experiences of all marginalized Americans.]

Last week, President Trump declared November as “National American History and Founders Month,” a celebration of the country’s “dedication to promoting liberty and justice.”

Trump has a strained relationship with Native American leaders due to actions like this executive order approving the Keystone XL pipeline in 2017. PC: Evan Vucci/AP

Few noticed a White House proclamation released on Halloween, but on Monday, it suddenly sparked outrage on social media, with many arguing the move was tone-deaf — if not outright offensive — because of another month-long heritage event that has taken place in November since 1990: Native American Heritage Month.

“By centering this founders’ narrative and calling it American history, it completely erases Native people,” Tara Houska, a tribal attorney in Minnesota, told The Washington Post. “It’s an uncomfortable truth that the first people in this country were here before the founding of the U.S…”

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