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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 31, 2007
National American Indian Heritage Month, 2007
A Proclamation By the President of the United States
of America
White House News

National American Indian Heritage Month is an opportunity to honor the many contributions of
American Indians and Alaska Natives and to recognize the strong and living traditions of the first
people to call our land home.

American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to shape our Nation by preserving the heritage of
their ancestors and by contributing to the rich diversity that is our country's strength. Their
dedicated efforts to honor their proud heritage have helped others gain a deeper understanding of
the vibrant and ancient customs of the Native American community. We also express our gratitude
to the American Indians and Alaska Natives who serve in our Nation's military and work to extend
the blessings of liberty around the world.

My Administration is committed to supporting the American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. In
June, I signed the "Native American Home Ownership Opportunity Act of 2007," which reauthorizes
the Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program, guaranteeing loans for home improvements and
expanding home ownership for Native American families. Working with tribal governments, we will
strive for greater security, healthier lifestyles, better schools, and new economic opportunities for
American Indians and Alaska Natives.

During National American Indian Heritage Month, we underscore our commitment to working with
tribes on a government to government basis and to supporting tribal sovereignty and
self-determination. During this month, I also encourage Federal agencies to continue their work
with tribal governments to ensure sound cooperation. Efforts such as on-line training programs will
improve interagency collaboration in the Federal Indian Affairs community and help to strengthen
relationships with tribes, building a brighter future for all our citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim
November 2007 as National American Indian Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to
commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of
our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two
hundred and thirty-second.


ELNU Abenaki