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Cultural Connection: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November 8, 2022

A member of the Osage and Cherokee nations, Jerry C. Elliot-High Eagle was one of the first Native Americans who worked at NASA and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work as a flight control officer who helped save the lives of the three astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission in 1970.

High Eagle later authored the Congressional legislation for Native American Awareness Week — passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law in 1976 — which has since evolved into National Native American Heritage Month, observed each November to commemorate the history, heritage and culture of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.

To continue our commitment to our values, we recently provided our team members with some additional information and resources to encourage learning and understanding which helps us continue to build our culture of inclusion in the communities where many of our employees live and work.

National Resources

Boston (Burlington)

Kansas City (Leawood)

  • Reading and film recommendations: Kansas City Public Library
  • Local’s Guide to Native American culture sites in Kansas City: KCUR
  • How to Explore Native American composers and music in Kansas City: KCUR


Phoenix (Gilbert)