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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

RSM’s Multicultural employee network group (ENG) is proud to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native American people.

What started as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions by the first Americans toward the establishment and growth of the U.S. has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations, have been issued each year since 1994.

Currently, 566 sovereign tribal nations have a formal nation-to-nation relationship with the U.S. government. These tribal governments are legally defined as "federally recognized tribes;” 229 of these tribal nations are located in Alaska, and the rest are in 34 other states. Tribal governments exercise jurisdiction over lands that would, if combined, create the fourth largest state in the nation.

Here at RSM, many of our audit, tax and consulting professionals serve more than 90 tribal clients across the country within our Tribal and Gaming practice. Fom the moment they begin related engagements, our employees are immersed in the culture and proud heritage of our Native American business partners, often working directly with key tribal members such as Tribal Chiefs or Council members to deliver the power of being understood. Many within our practice are members of the Native American Finance Officers Association and are key specialists within this industry.

To learn more about this practice visit our Native American Services site.

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