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EDUCATION

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

It is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.  Native American Heritage Month is also a great 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.


History of Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Month started off as an effort to get a day of appreciation and acknowledgment for the unique contributions made by the first Americans for the growth and establishment of the United States. The effort has now resulted in a whole month being celebrated for that purpose.


1916

The first time American Indian Day was declared was in May 1916. 

1990

A joint resolution was approved by George H.W. Bush, which called for November to be named National American Heritage Month. 

1994 to Present

Declarations like these have been issued since 1994, such as Native American Heritage Month and National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.


Did You Know?

The 12 Most Influential Native Americans

Powhatan

Crazy Horse

Geronimo

Tamanend

Joseph Brant

Chief Joseph

Sequoyah

Wilma Mankiller

Tecumseh

Sacagawea

Red Cloud

Sitting Bull

The 10 largest Native American Tribes 

Navajo

Creek

Cherokee

Blackfeet

Sioux

Chippewa

Choctaw

Apache

Pueblo

Iroquois



BOOK LISTS

Elementary:

Read Brightly

Almighty Girl

Colours of Us


Young Adult:

Read Brightly

Colours of Us

Reading Middle Grade


LESSON PLANS & ACTIVITIES

Elementary

ADL.org Lesson Plan: Lewis & Clark Expedition

Activity: Native American Pictograph

"The Diwali Gift" Lesson Plan


Middle School 

Important Indigenous American activity


High School

ADL.org Lesson: Columbus Day or Indigenous People's Day


K-12

Edsitement Lesson Guides

Native American heritage month.gov Resources for Teachers

National Education Association

A Dialogue Toolkit for Educators

Native American FAQ


VIDEOS

PBS Videos