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Native American Heritage Day: Diversity and inclusion are Serrano traditions

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Lynn Valbuena

San Bernardino’s own Rep. Joe Baca was instrumental in making Native American Heritage Day a national holiday when he sponsored House Joint Resolution 62 that was signed into law by President George W. Bush in October 2008. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, along with other tribes across the country, supported the legislation.

Native American Heritage Day is a time to acknowledge and honor the significant contributions that the First Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. The rich cultures, traditions and histories of Native Americans have contributed significantly to the national fabric of the United States, which continues to be recognized as a beacon of hope to the rest of the world.

Since the San Manuel Indian Reservation was established in 1891, we have proudly shared our deep-rooted Serrano Indian culture and history with the greater community. Our mission to promote our culture, protect our land and sustain our tribal community helps to advance our Tribe and the entire Inland Empire region.

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It is our strong belief that our ongoing efforts to bring social and economic progress to this region should include all citizens. To the people of San Manuel, our community is not just defined by our tribal members. Our community is a growing and diverse mix of citizens who are our friends, […]    

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