November is Native American Heritage Month

Mandy McCullough, Squaxin Museum Curator
Mandy McCullough, curator for the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center, prepares an exhibit of the tribes distinctive basketry at the Natural Resources Building in Olympia recently. Photo: Luis Prado/DNR.

With fine, hand-made basketry and other crafts on display, and regular visits from dancers and drummers representing area tribes, visitors to the Natural Resources Building in Olympia have ample evidence that November is Native American Heritage Month.

Both President Barack Obama and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have issued proclamations designating November as Native American Heritage Month. The observance honors vibrant Native American cultures. Another goal is to help strengthen the government-to-government relationship between the United States, state and local governments, and tribal nations.

Throughout the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, the tribes and DNR work together to address natural resources issues important to all. Our tribal relations manager helps DNR and the tribes coordinate a wide range of efforts around natural resources, and share many interests concerning the more than 5 million acres of state lands the department manages, the tribal geoduck fishery, and more.