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Photos: White House American Latino Heritage Forum


October 13, 2011

President Obama and Secretary Salazar welcomed American Latino leaders from across the country at the White House American Latino Heritage Forum. During the day-long forum, high-ranking Administration Officials and Latino community leaders and scholars worked to identify avenues through which the story of the American Latino can be told in a more complete and inclusive way.

As part of the Department of the Interior’s efforts to expand the story of the American Latino within the National Park System, Secretary Salazar announced four new Latino-themed National Historic landmark nominations that will be presented to the Landmarks Committee in November and the National Park System Advisory Board in December. The landmarks include: the Trujillo Homestead in Colorado, the Port of Nova Albion and Archeological District in California, the Mission San José de los Jémez and Giusewa Pueblo Site in New Mexico, and the Nuestra Señora Reina de La Paz in California.


  • Secretary Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis make opening remarks at the forum. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar and NPS Director Jon Jarvis
  • Labor Secretary Hilda Solis moderates a discussion on recognizing the contributions of American Latinos in the American economy with panelists Javier Palomarez, Dolores Huerta and Martin Cabrera. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Solis speaking
  • President Obama making remarks at the forum. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    President Obama
  • Sergeant 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, Medal of Honor Recipient greets President Obama. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    President Obama and Sergeant 1st Class Leroy A. Petry
  • Secretary Salazar and Senator Bob Menendez. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar and Senator Menendez
  • Secretary Salazar and Secretary Solis announce four new Latino-themed National Historic landmark nominations that will be presented to the Landmarks Committee in November and the National Park System Advisory Board in December. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar
  • Secretary Salazar makes remarks on the announcement of four new Latino-themed National Historic landmark nominations. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar Speaking
  • Maria de Leon, Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez and Maria Agui Carter contribute on a panel celebrating the contributions of American Latino Heritage in arts and culture. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    White House American Latino Heritage Forum Panel 2
  • Secretary Salazar greeting Albert Gonzalez, Commander of the American G.I. Forum and Major General Angela Salinas. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar greeting Albert Gonzalez, Commander of the American G.I. Forum and Major General Angela Salinas.
  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki makes remarks on honoring the contributions of the American Latino in America’s wars. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Shinseki
  • Secretary Salazar and NPS Director Jon Jarvis
  • Secretary Solis speaking
  • President Obama
  • President Obama and Sergeant 1st Class Leroy A. Petry
  • Secretary Salazar and Senator Menendez
  • Secretary Salazar
  • Secretary Salazar Speaking
  • White House American Latino Heritage Forum Panel 2
  • Secretary Salazar greeting Albert Gonzalez, Commander of the American G.I. Forum and Major General Angela Salinas.
  • Secretary Shinseki