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Native American Heritage Month

Native American in full Native American dress dancing.

Sheldon Sundown, who represents OAHIIO sings and drums while his nephews perform a traditional dance.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs proudly joins the Nation in observing Native American Indian Heritage Month during November.  VA Western NY Healthcare System welcomed all to a celebration of Native American Awareness month at the Buffalo VA Medical Center on Friday, November 4.  

Tara Lyons, of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, presented the story of Red Jacket, Native American orator and chief of the Seneca Wolf Clan.  Red Jacket helped secure some Seneca territory in New York State.  He was given a “Peace Medal” by George Washington which is now on display during “The Trial of Red Jacket” through May 2012 at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

The festivities will also include cultural singing, dancing, and drumming with Sheldon Sundown, who represents the OAHIIO which means "the good path" and friends.  OAHIIO provides "walls free" mobile services on and off Western New York's Native territories to Native's with disabilities, who wish to improve their quality of life and ability to live independently.


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