The 1st Engineer Brigade is scheduled to host Fort Leonard Wood’s annual Native American Heritage Month Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pershing Community Center.
Retired Marine Maj. Jay Craig, Vietnam war veteran and warrior of the Comanche Nation, is slated to be the guest speaker.
An entertainment group from the Osage Nation will perform at the event with dancers and musicians. The theme of the event is “Building Strength through Understanding.”
On Aug. 3, 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November “National American Indian Heritage Month,” sometimes referred to as Native American Heritage Month.
The declaration was meant to provide Native Americans a way to share their history and culture with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
According to the National Congress of American Indians, it is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased from Brigade Equal Opportunity advisors or the installation EO office at 573.596.0601.
Officials advise arriving to the luncheon 15 minutes early to find seating, and purchasing tickets in advance as they tend to sell out quickly.