Native American Heritage
The United States of America was founded on an idea: that all of us are created equal and deserve equal treatment, equal dignity, and equal opportunity throughout our lives. Throughout our history — though we have always strived to live up to that idea and have never walked away from it — the fact remains that we have fallen short many times. Far too often in our founding era and in the centuries since, the promise of our Nation has been denied to Native Americans who have lived on this land since time immemorial.
Despite a painful history marked by unjust Federal policies of assimilation and termination, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have persevered... We celebrate the countless contributions of Native peoples past and present, honor the influence they have had on the advancement of our Nation, and recommit ourselves to upholding trust and treaty responsibilities, strengthening Tribal sovereignty, and advancing Tribal self-determination.
President Joseph R. Biden
Visit the Native Knowledge 360° Education Initiative. Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. Most Americans have only been exposed to part of the story, as told from a single perspective through the lenses of popular media and textbooks. NK360° provides educational materials, virtual field trips and student webinars, and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples and offers a view that includes not only the past but also the vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today.
This guide offers teachers and other educators ideas for using U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's signature project, "Living Nations, Living Words," in the classroom.
To kick off Native American Heritage Month, Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, joined Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary, in a conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
In schools and classrooms, Native American Heritage Month is good time to explore Native American history and culture as well as the injustices faced by them and how that injustice has been and continues to be confronted and overcome. However, as with other similarly themed months, it is important not to isolate Native American history and culture into one month during the year. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has curriculum and other educational resources to bring the themes of Native American Heritage Month to your classroom in November and throughout the year.
Explore, affirm and honor Native American people and culture during November or any time during the school year with lessons, activities, and resources from the National Education Association (NEA).
Take a look at PBS Learning Media's Native Heritage Collection of Indigenous art, history, and culture as told through the historians, artists, students, and scientists in this featured resource collection of lessons, videos and media galleries.
Colours of Us shares book titles for all age group to teach your children about Native American culture.
This list is by Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL). AICL provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.