Statement From Ambassador Katherine Tai Commemorating the Start of National Native American Heritage Month

November 01, 2022

"November is an important opportunity for us to recognize, respect, and honor the history and special traditions of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Island communities.  Despite facing injustices and hardships, Indigenous communities continue to demonstrate their resilience and perseverance and have made invaluable contributions to this land since time immemorial.   

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to respecting Tribal sovereignty and strengthening the Nation-to-Nation relationship.  At USTR, as we advance an inclusive and worker-centered trade policy, we must ensure that Tribal leaders and Indigenous communities have their rightful seat at the table.  

“For these reasons, USTR held our second and now annual Tribal consultation and we are determined to visit with, learn, and hear directly from Tribal leaders on the impact of trade policies on their communities.  We also remain deeply focused on exploring how trade policy can enhance the economic well-being of Indigenous workers around the world.

“We will continue to work with our colleagues across the Biden-Harris Administration on a whole-of-government effort to advance equity, justice, opportunity, while celebrating the rich and diverse culture, heritage, and history of the Indigenous people in our country.”