Native American Heritage Month

Sioux Indian (1899)

Sioux Indian (1899). Public domain image.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a proclamation to celebrate November as “Native American Heritage Month”. This annual event provides the opportunity to learn about the history, achievements, contributions, and cultural legacy of America’s first citizens.

Today, there are 566 federally recognized tribal governments in the United States and 4.3 million people who identify themselves as Native Americans. These tribes, of increasingly mixed blood, will continue to shape the future of this country at every stage.

Recommended books

This Indian Country: American Indian Political Activists and the place they made
by Frederick E. Hoxie (2012)

Native America and the question of genocide
by Alex Alvarez (2014)

Recovering the sacred: the power of naming and claiming
by Winona LaDuke (2016)

The inconvenient Indian: a curious account of native people in North America
by Thomas King (2013)

Ethnic cleansing and the Indian: the crime that should haunt America
by Gary Clayton Anderson (2014)

Recommended websites

Native American Heritage Month
Connect to events, resources, and curriculum ideas from the official Native American Heritage Month website.

Native American Heritage
View historical documents–photos, treaties, and more–at the National Archives.

National Congress of American Indians
The National Congress of American Indians advocates for policy changes to improve Native communities and lives.

Native Voice One
The Native American Radio Network features audio programs, podcasts, and more.

National Museum of the American Indian
Celebrates a rich diversity of history and traditions that highlight the contributions of Native people to American culture.

Beyond Buckskin
Traditional Native American design and fashion.

Last Real Indians
Native American academics blog about issues facing Native communities and more.

Indian Country
Features daily news relevant to the Indian nation.

Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History
Includes a repository of oral history interviews with Native Americans living in Oklahoma.

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