Rock Region METRO is observing National Native American Heritage Month now through Nov. 30 to celebrate the history and culture of the U.S. Native American and indigenous communities. National Native American Heritage Month began in 1915 as American Indian Day and was introduced by Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe and the president of the Congress of the American Indian Association. This day contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Native Americans as American citizens. The day was formally developed into a month-long celebration by a resolution passed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, which designated the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, which is also known as Native American Heritage Month and National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. METRO recognizes the Native Americans who have contributed to the American public transportation industry and salutes the generations of Native Americans who have enriched the United States.