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NACDD on National Native American Heritage Month

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities celebrates the culture and heritage of the remarkable Americans who deeply enrich the quality and character of our Nation.

For almost one hundred years, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and Non-Native Americans have urged that there be a permanently designated,  special place on the calendar to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of  the United States and their descendants: the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

According to the 2010 US Census, 24% of Native Americans and Alaska Natives have a disability, compared to 19% of the general population. This disproportionate number creates a need for tribes to support their citizens with disabilities in becoming self-sufficient. However, they remain unserved or underserved from services and supports across the country.

NACDD celebrates the contributions and story of the Native American community. For events occurring throughout the month be sure to check out the Bureau of Indian Affairs at U.S. Department of the Interior.