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To: SAIGE Members
8 November 2019
Veterans Day 2019
Dear SAIGE Family,
This weekend there will be many opportunities to honor our veterans, please take the time to participate and thank a veteran. Native Americans have served their communities and people since the beginning of time, warriors are part of our culture. Native Americans have been serving this country since its birth, serving at a higher proportionate rate than any other group. This is in spite of discrimination, negative policies and actions against our Native American people. For many years Native Americans served while not being recognized as citizens of the United States. They have never abandoned our people or our land.
On Saturday September 20th of this year ground was broken at the National Museum of the American Indian for the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. This will be the first time that the military service of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians will be recognized on the National Mall. The memorial is slated to be be ready for a 2020 Veterans Day ceremony.
On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, PBS presents a new documentary, THE WARRIOR TRADITION. It will air at 9:00 p.m. ET and tells the largely unknown story of Native Americans who served in the U.S. military. You will learn about their service, pain, courage and fear, as shared in their own words.
To all our SAIGE members out there who have served and their families who have supported them, from our Chair, Fredericka Joseph and the SAIGE Board, we say “Ahe’hee’”, “Wado”, “Miigwech”, “Thank you”!
Board of Directors, Director of the Warrior Society
Society of American Indian Government Employees
Announced on September 10, 2019
We hope to see you there!
Find a list of our Meritorious Award winners by downloading this document:
The purpose of the SAIGE awards is to recognize Individuals who have made contributions in the recruitment, retention and advancement of American Indian/Alaska Native employees in the Federal workforce. The 2019 recipients will be honored at the SAIGE Achievement Awards and Partnership Recognition Reception Wednesday evening June 12, 2019 at the SAIGE National Training Program in Niagara Falls, NY..
AGENCY – USDA – FSA – Montana
This agency prioritizes service to tribal members, tribal governments and communities. Promotes the employment of American Indian employees and education about American Indian history, culture and awareness through its Special Emphasis Program. Montana has 56 counties and 7 American Indian reservations. Of the 698 outreach activities in Montana in FY18, 199 were targeted to tribal communities.
EEO – Christopher Sacchetti, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Ft. Meade, MD
Under Mr. Sacchetti, the American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Resource Group (ERG) increased from four members to eighty-five. Working with senior leadership, Mr. Sacchetti and the ERG are moving toward a goal of emphasizing the recruitment, hiring, retention and career development of the American Indian/Alaska Native employees.
LEADERSHIP – Dr. Bob Rabin, Meteorologist, NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK
Bob Rabin has gone above and beyond his duties as a Meteorologist to promote NOAA science by giving presentations and mentoring students at Tribal Colleges and Universities, American Indian STEM camps, AISES, and Native Youth Community Adaptation Leadership Congress. He also participates in local Tribal outreach activities with the USGS South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center in Oklahoma.
GENERAL SCHEDULE GRADES – Roberta J. Lewis, Property Management Specialist, GS-9, Logistics Management Office, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tulsa, OK.
Ms. Lewis is an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe. She is an emergency response team member responding to state and federal declared disaster areas. She has worked on 15 emergency declarations ranging from hurricane, flood, tornado and ice. She is a member of the AI/AN Special Emphasis Committee with many contacts in the Indian community. She mentors young native girls in traditional beading, shawl creation and traditional cooking and volunteers with native girls’ softball and basketball teams in the area.