DES MOINES Governor Terry E. Branstad is honoring Native Americans' role in our nation's Armed Forces, declaring November 27 as Iowa Native American Veterans Day. November is also Native American Heritage Month, both nationally and in Iowa.
The governor's proclamation recognizes Native Americans' military service from the Revolutionary War through present day, as well as Native Americans' contributions to government, agriculture, medicine, music and art.
The proclamation goes on to say that public elementary and secondary schools are encouraged to enhance student understanding of Native Americans by providing classroom instruction focusing on accurate history, achievements and contributions.
Guests to the governor's formal office will also notice the flag of the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs proudly on display. The commission and the Office of Native American Affairs, within the Iowa Department of Human Rights, are tasked with removing barriers for Iowa's Native Americans. Iowans wishing to learn more should contact Jill Fulitano Avery at 515-242-6334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.