November – American Indian Heritage Month

The Diversity and Inclusion team at Centric is happy to promote the following nationally proclaimed heritage and history months:

  • January – National Mentoring Month
  • February – African American History Month (Black History Month)
  • March – Women’s History Month
  • May – Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • June – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month
  • September – Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October – Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • November – American Indian Heritage Month

This November, Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month

Since 1900, many have sought to recognize the great influence American Indians have had on the history, cultural development and continuing growth of the U.S. Various dates and weeks were acknowledged until 1976, when Congress authorized a week in October as Native American Awareness Week. Finally, in 1990, the month of November was chosen because it is traditionally a time when many American Indians gather for fall harvest festivals, world-renewal ceremonies, and powwows.

Spotlight on American Indian Entrepreneurs

Stephen Mills, CEO and President AQIWO:

“Stephen Mills, CEO and President of AQIWO, never forgets his American Indian heritage—not even when naming his company, AQIWO, which is not an acronym as one might suspect, but rather the Chumash word for “shooting star” or “light.” The Arlington, Virginia-based information securities company pulled in revenues of $2.6 million in 2009 and expects business to increase nearly 130 percent in the next three years. Mills gives back to his community as well, spending time mentoring American Indian youths and business owners who are interested in learning about government contracting.” – Courtesy of

Read other stories from American Indian entrepreneurs.

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Mara Belcher is the Operations Manager within Centric’s Shared Services team and is committed to Diversity and Inclusion education.