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Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe teaches the Snake Dance to the children from the Child Development Center as he beats his drum and chants a native song, Nov. 16. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring aware to the many contributions provided the Native Americans throughout history. Events included Indian arts, crafts and books display, slides of notable American Indians and seminars on ancestry and reservation life. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe teaches the Snake Dance to the children from the Child Development Center as he beats his drum and chants a native song, Nov. 16. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a seminar on ancestry and a special Navajo taco meal served at the Club. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

The children from Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Child Development Center give Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe “high fives” during his visit to the center, Nov. 15. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring aware to the many contributions provided the Native Americans throughout history. Events included Indian arts, crafts and books display, slides of notable American Indians and seminars on ancestry and reservation life. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

The children from Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Child Development Center give Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe “high fives” during his visit to the center, Nov. 15. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a seminar on ancestry and a special Navajo taco meal served at the Club. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Children from the Child Development Center circles Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe as he beats his drum and chants a native song, Nov. 15. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring aware to the many contributions provided the Native Americans throughout history. Events included Indian arts, crafts and books display, slides of notable American Indians and seminars on ancestry and reservation life. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Children from the Child Development Center circles Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe as he beats his drum and chants a native song, Nov. 15. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a seminar on ancestry and a special Navajo taco meal served at the Club. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe beats his drum as he chants a native song to the children at Child Development Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Nov. 15. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring aware to the many contributions provided the Native Americans throughout history. Events included Indian arts, crafts and books display, slides of notable American Indians and seminars on ancestry and reservation life. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Ben Wolf from the Kiowa Indian Tribe beats his drum as he chants a native song to the children at Child Development Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Nov. 15. Mr. Wolf visited the center for two days and spent time with the children introducing them to Indian folklore, dances and helped with crafts. The base celebrated Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation in order to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a seminar on ancestry and a special Navajo taco meal served at the Club. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

2nd Lt. Cason Gustafson (left), USAF Gold Bar Recruiting, and Kimberlene Butler, Global Positioning Systems Wing, both member of Los Angeles Air Force Base Native American Heritage Council, prepare the display tables with Native Indian arts and crafts at the Gordon Conference Center, Nov. 16. The Council hosted events to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native American throughout history during the Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

2nd Lt. Cason Gustafson (left), USAF Gold Bar Recruiting, and Kimberlene Butler, Global Positioning Systems Wing, both members of the Los Angeles Air Force Base Native American Heritage Council, prepare the display tables with Native Indian arts and crafts prior to a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel at the Gordon Conference Center, Nov. 16. The Council hosted events to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history during the Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Activities included base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a seminar on ancestry, a visit by a Kiowa tribe Indian to the Child Development Center and a special Navajo taco meal served at the Club. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Palu Tanna, Earharts proprietor at the Club at Los Angeles Air Force Base, serves Karen Cox, Space and Missile Systems Center Contracting, a special Navaho taco meal during the lunchtime service, Nov. 23. The Club joined in to help celebrate the Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Los Angeles AFB, along with The Aerospace Corporation, held events to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a visit by a Kiowa Tribe Indian to the Child Development Center and a seminar on ancestry. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Palu Tanna, Earharts proprietor at the Club at Los Angeles Air Force Base, serves Karen Cox, Space and Missile Systems Center Contracting, a special Navaho taco meal during the lunchtime service, Nov. 23. The Club joined in to help celebrate the Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Los Angeles AFB, along with The Aerospace Corporation, held events to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a visit by a Kiowa Tribe Indian to the Child Development Center and a seminar on ancestry. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Evan Tanna, Earharts employee at the Club at Los Angeles Air Force Base, prepares a special Navaho taco meal during the lunchtime service, Nov. 23. The Club joined in to help celebrate the Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Los Angeles AFB, along with The Aerospace Corporation, held events to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a visit by a Kiowa Tribe Indian to the Child Development Center and a seminar on ancestry. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

Evan Tanna, Earharts employee at the Club at Los Angeles Air Force Base, prepares a special Navaho taco meal during the lunchtime service, Nov. 23. The Club joined in to help celebrate the Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Los Angeles AFB, along with The Aerospace Corporation, held events to bring awareness to the many contributions by the Native Americans throughout history. Activities included Indian arts, crafts and books display, a talk about growing up on a reservation by one of SMC’s personnel, base-wide slide presentation of notable American Indians, a visit by a Kiowa Tribe Indian to the Child Development Center and a seminar on ancestry. (Photo by P.A. Tezuka)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Native American Indian Council at Los Angeles Air Force Base is currently celebrating the Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month along with The Aerospace Corporation's American-Indian and Alaskan-Native Council.

Since a proclamation put forward by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, the month of November was designated to celebrate Native American heritage and show appreciation to the many contributions provided by the Native Americans throughout history.

The land on which Los Angeles Air Force Base stands once was occupied by the Chumash Indians only a few hundred years ago. Once a 20,000, strong sea-faring people, they were nearly decimated during Spanish colonization. The Chumash Indians are still not federally recognized as a tribe and now number less than 300 individuals living on the Santa Ynez Reservation. Their plight is but one example of the misfortune of the Native American people.

Los Angeles AFB and Aerospace hosted several events in honor of Native American Month including:

The Child Development Center welcomed Ben Wolf of the Kiowa Tribe, Nov. 15 and 16. The children enjoyed American Indian arts and crafts sessions, and heard American Indian folklore told by Mr. Wolf. He also taught the children traditional American Indian dance steps and led them in dances such as the Rabbit "Friendship" Dance and the Snake Dance as he chanted and beat on his drum.

Captain Lynette Bates, Space and Missile Systems Program Management and Integration executive officer, gave a lineage seminar in the Gordon Conference Center, Nov. 16. She descends from the Navajo tribe. She shared her childhood experiences growing up on an Indian reservation. Mr. Wolf also entertained the attendees with a native song. Items of Native American Indian artifacts and books were displayed during the seminar for base personnel to study and enjoy.

The Aerospace Corporation hosted Daniel Bartosz in a special event on ancestry research, Nov 17. Mr. Bartosz specializes in American-Indian and Polish-American research and gave tips on family research.