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RSM recognizes Native American History Month


November is Native American History Month – a time to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States.

In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. That September, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeing approval for a day to honor Indians. He presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House, but the there is no record of a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September, and several have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November “National American Indian Heritage Month.”

Here at RSM, we serve more than 90 tribal clients across the country with our Tribal and Gaming practice. Our people who work on these engagements are immersed in the culture and heritage of our Native American business partners, and often work directly with key tribal members, including tribal chiefs and council members. Our goal: truly understand the unique issues and challenges facing these clients so we can help them reach their business goals.

On behalf of RSM’s Multicultural employee network group and the rest of our 9,000+ employees nationwide, please join us in recognizing Native American History Month.

Valerie Colimon
Senior Manager and National Multicultural Employee Network Group Leader



Multicultural encourages different perspectives and experience and the understanding of various cultural contributions.

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