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National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is celebrated every November to recognize the intertribal cultures and to educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

  • Presidential Proclamation -- National Native American Heritage Month, 2011
    Presidential Proclamation -- National Native American Heritage Month, 2011

    From the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Everglades, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed immensely to our country's heritage. During National Native American Heritage Month, we commemorate their enduring achievements and reaffirm the vital role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in enriching the character of our Nation. 

Featured Articles on American Indians

  • Honoring Native Americans
    Honoring Native Americans

    Every November, National Native American Heritage Month celebrates the enduring contributions of the first Americans to the history and culture of the United States. 

  • Navajo Educator Sees “Exciting Times” for American Indian Nations
    Navajo Educator Sees “Exciting Times” for American Indian Nations

    Washington — American Indian tribes are redesigning and running their own governments and economies, often with amazing success, says Manley Begay, an educator and member of the Navajo Nation. 

  • The Beauty of American Indian Culture
    The Beauty of American Indian Culture

    Every year, thousands of American Indians gather together at powwows to celebrate their traditions and spirituality and to deepen their connections to family, friends and fellow Native peoples.  

USG Publication

  • Indigenous People Today: Living in Two Worlds
    Indigenous People Today: Living in Two Worlds

    This edition of eJournal USA provides insight into Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. Articles provide historical background and look at issues surrounding their languages and culture, their legal status, and how they are networking around the world.  

Photo Gallery

  • American Indians and Horses
    American Indians and Horses

    This photo gallery provides a look at an exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington that illuminates the enduring relationship between American Indian tribes and horses over the past five centuries. 

Useful Web Resources

National Museum of the American India (Smithsonian Institution)http://www.nmai.si.edu/

Native American Heritage Month (U.S. Library of Congress)
http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/

Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
http://www.bia.gov/   (FAQ page: http://www.bia.gov/FAQs/index.htm )

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
http://www.nps.gov/history/americanindian/

U.S. Census Bureau: Facts for Features
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff22.html
 

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