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At Denver Indian Family Resource Center, we begin our celebration of Native American Heritage Month with an acknowledgment that we live, work and play on the lands of sovereign tribal nations.
Here in Colorado, these lands are primarily the homeland of Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples. Many other nations have also lived on and loved this land for thousands of years. We honor these relatives for their connection to this special place and thank them for their past, present and future stewardship of all the lands in what is now Colorado.
During November, Americans of all backgrounds are invited to learn about and celebrate the diversity of the hundreds of tribal nations and the unique cultural contributions we bring to American life. No matter where we come from or where we live, we have a common thread that ties us together and ensures the ongoing vitality and sovereignty of our nations: Our children.
DIFRC staff and board members work each day to keep native children and families of all nations whole and well. Protecting and serving native children and families during the pandemic makes our work as important and consequential as ever. Thank you for being part of that work and celebrating with us this month. We wish for health and peace for you and your family. – Denver Indian Family Resource Center staff