SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – City officials hosted a flag raising ceremony Monday at Springfield City Hall to honor Native American Heritage Month.

Mayor Domenic Sarno joined with the Native-American Tribal Council of Western Massachusetts for their annual flag raising ceremony to highlight National American Indian Heritage Month which is recognized nationally as November but highlighted in Springfield in September.

22News spoke with the president of the Native-American Tribal Council, Glenroy Buchanan, about the Native American culture, “It’s a beautiful culture and it’s been here thousands and thousands of years. There was one time in this country where there was almost 500 different tribes.”

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the diverse and rich culture, history, and traditions of Native people, according to the National Day Calander. This month is also a chance to learn about the different tribes and raise awareness about the struggles native people faced as well as in the present.

President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month.

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