Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke with a pair of Crow moccasins. "Whose got 2 thumbs & is excited for #RockYourMocs Day? This guy! @ROCKYOURMOCS Thanks to the Crow for the mocs!" a November 13, 2017, post on Twitter reads. Photo: Secretary Zinke
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Secretary Ryan Zinke among those excited to take part in #RockYourMocs this year





It's #RockYourMocs week and thousands across the nation are expressing Native pride by wearing moccasins to work, to school and just about anywhere.

Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye, who hails from the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico, started Rock Your Mocs seven years ago. It originally was a single-day observance, on November 15, but has since grown into a much larger phenomenon.

“I am thrilled to see how the event has quickly grown into a worldwide initiative to celebrate native and indigenous cultures, and more importantly, how it has helped to unify Native cultures and create pride in their ancestry,” Atsye told Indian Country Media Network back in 2015.

Rock Your Mocs, November 12-18, 2017. Photo: Rock Your Mocs

Among those who are excited to take part this year is Secretary Ryan Zinke. He plans to sport a pair of Crow moccasins as he works at the Department of the Interior, the parent agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, on Wednesday.

"Thanks to the Crow for the mocs!" Zinke wrote in a post on Twitter. The Crow Tribe is based in Montana, Zinke's home state.

The BIA also has been getting into the Rock Your Mocs, which runs November 12-18 this year. Since the start of National Native American Heritage Month, the agency has been sharing a photos of Native footwear every day on social media. The selections are drawn from the BIA's museum collection.