By Cynthia LaCounte, ACL/AOA Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaska Native & Native Hawaiian Programs
This post tells the personal story of Cynthia LaCounte, about how her grandmother, a tribal elder of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, prepared her to work on aging programs.
“In November, we observe Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate valuable tribal traditions and commemorate our rich history. Native American citizens have long faced challenges which are unique, and tribal culture has enriched the lives of many in our communities across America. We hope to increase awareness of both, to ensure lessons from the past are preserved across generations, to share the rich gifts of tribal culture with all Americans, and to help people who work with and support Native Americans better navigate our world.”