Today, Nov. 26, is Native American Heritage Day.
Bobbi Webster, Oneida Nation public relations director, says it's a time to celebrate the first people of this nation and their integral importance in our history and future.
"It is very important that everybody realizes the gift that the Oneida's and the other tribes in the United States have contributed on the gift of our land, our resources, our natural environment, everything that we enjoy and use to live prior to European contact was a gift to us and we share that gift with those who came into this country," Webster said.
"It's important to realize that it's more than just culture history," she said. "It's more than just seeing Native Americans dressed up and dancing in their beautiful attire. It's a gift that surrounds everybody and all of us every day and that's the important thing to remember and we hope people appreciate."