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Commentary | Nov. 17, 2022

Panelists reflect on Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month is a federally recognized observance celebrated throughout November to honor the cultures, contributions, and achievements of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to our nation and service. This year’s theme is "Celebrating Respect, Culture, and Education."
To honor this observance, there will be a panel discussion featuring five distinguished guests who will reflect on this year’s theme and engage in lively discussion about tribal sovereignty, the many vibrant cultures of the Native American and Alaskan Native communities, and educational opportunities that enhance the understanding of native issues.

Panelists include:

  • Robert Edwardson, U.S. Coast Guard District 17 Tribal Liaison, Haida Nation 
  • Fredericka Joseph, chair, Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), Kaw Nation of Oklahoma 
  • Adam Crepelle, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, United Houma Nation
  • A’lice Myers-Hall, president, American Indian Society of Washington, D.C., Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania Descendent of the Shawnee and Susquehannock People
  • Sandra Richardson-Hope, treasurer, American Indian Society of Washington, D.C., Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of North Carolina.

Holly Haverstick, U.S. Coast Guard’s director of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commandant will moderate the panel which is open to the entire Coast Guard workforce. Details to log into Teams are listed below. Please join us for an afternoon to reflect on and recognize the value and longstanding relationships between tribal Nations and the Coast Guard. 

How to attend:  
: Nov. 21, 1 – 2 p.m. Eastern 
Link to attend: DoD Teams
Or call in (audio only): +1 410-874-6742 
Phone Conference ID: 299 722 836#

Please mark your calendar and join us!