Native American Heritage
Every year on November 1, Native American Heritage Month is celebrated to honor the remarkable Native Americans who have contributed a lot to improve the character of the nation. This month is also referred to as the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. November is the time to rejoice in diverse and rich cultures, histories, and traditions and to appreciate the great contributions of the Native Americans. This month allows us to spread awareness about tribes or to educate people about the various challenges faced by the Native Americans in the past and today. National Today reminds us that throughout this month, we commit to keep on supporting the remaining Native American tribes and let the world know about their sacrifices.
November is National American Indian Heritage Month and The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in events paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Learn the history of National Native American Heritage Month and explore the For Teachers page featuring Living Nations, Living Words Educator Guide with selected resources for teachers.
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.
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.
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.