Native American Heritage Month

Established in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, who approved a joint congressional resolution designating the celebration, Native American Heritage Month highlights the important contributions of Native Americans and the unique challenges they’ve faced in the past and present. The valley in which we all take delight is the ancestral land of the people of the Pocumtuck, Nonotuck, and Sokoki tribes. To keep that history relevant, a number of Deerfield students have visited Kanhwake, QC, a Mohawk community just to the south of Montreal, the area in which captives from the 1704 raid on Deerfield were taken and in which bonds of blood and friendship between the former foes developed over a long period of time. The academy also has hosted two Mohawk delegations, including a chief, over the past six years.