Marking a new step forward in the burgeoning relationship between the Republic of Turkey and Native American tribes, the Turkish Embassy will host a reception on Nov. 17 to commemorate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month and celebrate the deepening ties between Turks, Turkish Americans and Native Americans.
The reception is organized by the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA), with support from the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), and the DC Native PR Roundtable.
The event will feature a number of Turkish and Native American cultural performances. Speakers during the reception include Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy, and NAIHC Executive Director Mellor Willie.
“For the past two years, a unique connection has developed between Native American tribes and the Republic of Turkey, with both peoples expressing interest in creating a new global relationship,” said McCurdy. “This event, when considered in the context of the recent Congressional hearing on the Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Act, which would encourage trade between Turkish companies and tribes, demonstrates the strength of Turkey's interest in building bridges to Native American communities across the U.S.”