Celebrating Indigenous Cultures During National Native American Heritage Month

Celebrating Indigenous Cultures During National Native American
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Cross Country Education
Posted:
October 31, 2022 05:38 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Educator Resources

The month of November is recognized at Native American Heritage Month, with November 25th being recognized as Native American Heritage Day. Native American Heritage Day is held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving, after being signed into law in 2008. This month is also commonly referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

According to the National Congress of American Indians, “The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune 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.” This month is a great time to discuss and celebrate the history and contributions of Native Americans.

With the Thanksgiving holiday also celebrated in the month of November, it’s important for all students, and especially students with Native American or American Indian heritage, that we take the time to incorporate activities and historically accurate information and events into classroom lessons this month and every month.

Below are some suggestions and resources you can use throughout Native American Heritage Month:

Taking the time to incorporate and recognize Native American Heritage Month within your lessons will help to celebrate the triumphs and resilience of Native Americans and celebrate them with gratitude.

Resources:

  1. "Native American Heritage Month." National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), www.ncai.org/initiatives/native-american-heritage-month.
  2. "10 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month." Google Arts & Culture, https://artsandculture.google.com/story/10-ways-to-celebrate-native-american-heritage-month/GAUhe-CUlT6IPQ.
  3. “Ways to Honor Indigenous Cultures During Native American Heritage Month”. Food Corps, 2 Nov. 2021.https://foodcorps.org/honor-indigenous-cultures-during-native-american-heritage-month/.
  4. "Native Land Digital." Native Land Digital, https://native-land.ca/.
  5. "Native American Museums and Landmarks in Los Angeles." Trip Savvy, 26 Jun. 2019, www.tripsavvy.com/native-american-los-angeles-1586770.
  6. "Knowledge Center, Books." First Nations Development Institute, www.firstnations.org/knowledge-center/books/.

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