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.
The first time American Indian Day was declared was in May 1916.
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
The 10 largest Native American Tribes
LESSON PLANS & ACTIVITIES
ADL.org Lesson Plan: Lewis & Clark Expedition
Activity: Native American Pictograph
Important Indigenous American activity
ADL.org Lesson: Columbus Day or Indigenous People's Day
Native American heritage month.gov Resources for Teachers
National Education Association
A Dialogue Toolkit for Educators