American Indian and Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program

The American Indian & Alaska Natives Special Emphasis Program is designed to address potential and validated discriminatory and inequitable practices in hiring and employment and ensure full participation of American Indians and Alaska Natives by implementing plans to eliminate adverse data trends at all levels of the agency.

The program aims to:

  • Identify and address barriers to the hiring, development and advancement of American Indians and Alaska Natives; 
  • Assist to develop and implement special program initiatives that will enhance the employment and advancement of the American Indians and Alaska Natives program;
  • Identify ways to ensure equal consideration for promotions, training, and awards for American Indians and Alaska Natives;
  • Monitor separation and disciplinary actions for American Indians and Alaska Natives;
  • Serve as liaison between recruiters and internal/external organizations which can assist in recruitment efforts and activities;
  • Develop and maintaining positive working relationships with community, professional and national organizations, college and universities

National American Indian Heritage Month

In 1986, President Reagan designated November 23-30 as American Indian Week. Four years later, President Bush proclaimed the first National American Indian Heritage Month. Each year since, U.S. Presidents have proclaimed November American Indian Heritage Month. As part of this celebration, native artists from around the country submit their artwork to the annual poster contest. After a selection is made, the winning poster is distributed for display. 


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  • Tribal Leaders Directory, the official list of Indian entities recognized and eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, maintained by BIA.

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