Celebrate Native American Heritage Month Friday at the Benning Conference Center. The Native American Indian Heritage Month Luncheon, open to the Fort Benning community, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Attending the luncheon is a way “to embrace the Army’s motto, ‘an Army of one,’” said Sgt. 1st Class Primus Brown, the Fort Benning Equal Opportunity NCOIC.
The luncheon’s theme is Life is Sacred: Celebrate Healthy Communities, Brown said.
“Life is sacred,” he said. “We need to take back our communities to fight against hatred, to fight against inequality, to stand up for one another regardless of race, color, gender, religion or national origin. The Army is our community; let’s fight for it.”
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Entertainment will include a Native American heritage dance performed by The Black Mountain Bird Singers.
The performance is designed to enhance people’s understanding of other cultures, “despite what you may think you already know or have learned,” Brown said.
Hosted by the Fort Benning Equal Opportunity Office, the observance is held annually, coinciding with Native American Heritage Month, a national time of recognition for American Indians.
According to NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov, the observance began in 1915 with the American Indian Association, which declared the second Saturday in May as American Indian Day. Several states later adopted a day to honor Native Americans, but it wasn’t until 1990, when George W. Bush approved a resolution for National American Indian Heritage Month, that the celebration became national.
The Fort Benning luncheon, which honors all Native Americans, is also a means of celebrating the Army’s diversity, Brown said.
Tickets are going quickly, he said, so those interested should purchase one from their unit’s equal opportunity advisor or call 706-545-6665 or 706-545-3196. The cost is $8.50 and includes a buffet of baked chicken or turkey, roasted red potatoes, sweet peas, salad and pumpkin pie.