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November is National American Indian Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, also known as Native American Heritage Month and American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.


According to the National Congress of American Indians, this month is,
“…a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.”

This month of observance was established in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush who issued a proclamation dedicating the month to promote the contributions and cultures of indigenous peoples.  Since 1994, each year the President and Congress reaffirm this observance of national recognition and respect.


Various institutions have amazing resources available to the public!  Click on any of the links below to learn more about National American Indian Heritage Month, as well as find access to teaching tools and archival sources to learn more about American Indian culture, past and present.

National Congress of American Indians

National American Heritage Month official website

Library of Congress

Smithsonian Institution

National Park Service

National Archives and Records Administration

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Gallery of Art

National Museum of the American Indian
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