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Vol. LVIII, No. 22
November 03, 2006

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NIH Observes Native American Heritage Month, Nov. 16

  Donna House (Diné)  
  Donna House (Diné)  

The 6th annual NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Observance will feature Donna House (Diné), a botanist/ethnobotanist and artist. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Natcher Center, balcony B. A reception with cultural food samples will follow in the atrium.

House will speak on the relationship between the landscape and natural elements of the National Museum of the American Indian building that opened fall 2004 and the relationship and knowledge of native people and plants.

House designed the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian and was on the planning committee for the museum for several years. She has also worked for the Nature Conservancy, where she surveyed federally listed endangered plant species on native lands and developed a program to protect and conserve the biological diversity of indigenous lands within their cultural context.

The observance is sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management and the NIH American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Council.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in these events should contact Carlton Coleman, (301) 496-2906, the Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339 or TTY (301) 451-2290. NIH Record Icon

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