Reid Remarks Honoring Native American Heritage Month

“November marks National Native American Heritage Month. During this month we honor the contributions of American Indian and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian cultures, and their impact on the United States.”

“Nevada has twenty-two separate tribal organizations. We feel that’s an important part of our history in the state of Nevada. Native American cultures are uniquely embedded within the fabric of our nation, and their contributions must never be forgotten.”

 

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about the importance of National Native American Heritage Month. Below are his remarks:

In the Capitol Visitor’s Center, there is a statue of a Nevada Paiute woman named Sarah Winnemucca. Each state gets two statues. The one is Sarah Winnemucca. I wish one would be done away with. Sarah Winnemucca’s statute is a beautiful statue. The artist, Benjamin Victor, did a masterful job. The sculpture depicts Sarah Winnemucca holding a shellflower in one hand, and her autobiography in the other; her dress blowing in the wind. I love that statue. In fact, I love it so much that I have a smaller version that sits in my office. I look at that mini-statue from time to time and I think about Sarah Winnemucca. I think about her accomplishments. I think about all she did for her people.

She was the first Native American woman to publish an autobiography. She was a scholar who spoke five different languages. She was a defender of her people, and even met with President Rutherford B. Hayes to negotiate settlement for the Paiute. Sarah Winnemucca was courageous and resolute. She was good for her people and our country. She is one Nevada’s heroes.

November marks National Native American Heritage Month. During this month we honor the contributions of American Indian and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian cultures, and their impact on the United States. We honor the contributions of Native Americans like Sarah Winnemucca. Native American heritage is a pillar of Nevada’s foundation and a cornerstone of American history. Nevada has twenty-two separate tribal organizations. We feel that’s an important part of our history in the state of Nevada. Native American cultures are uniquely embedded within the fabric of our nation, and their contributions must never be forgotten.