- Published: November 10, 2021
November marks Native American Heritage Month! Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) kicked off the commemoration with a video hosted by PASS’s own Ranelle Yazzie. Yazzie is a member of the Diné (Navajo) People; her maternal clan is Red House and her paternal clan is Bitter Waters. She is the National President of the Native American Alaska Native Coalition for Federal Aviation Employees (NAAN). She is a logistics program coordinator for the FAA in Utah and has been a public servant for nearly 30 years.
Said PASS National President Dave Spero, “The FAA associations celebrating the various ethnicities and affinities among employees are a great way to learn more about one another, our backgrounds and our heritage. I want to encourage all the employees we represent to get more involved with the diversity and inclusiveness these groups exemplify.”
NAAN has a number of events planned for this month, which can be found on the association’s website. “We have members of NAAN who represent many tribes and I’m sure they would be happy to talk to you about their heritage,” said Yazzie. “We welcome all FAA employees as members, you do not need to be descended from an indigenous people.” There are many more events for this month across government agencies and you can learn about them here.