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Native American Heritage Month

Updated Fall 2021

2021 Native American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation

What is Native American Heritage Month?

Native American Heritage month was first approved by Congress in 1990, under the administration of George H. W. Bush. Since then, every November has been dedicated to celebrating Native American culture as well as drawing attention to the historical and present day mistreatment and oppression Native Americans have faced. It is meant to be equal parts celebration of Native culture and important Native American historical figures and also a month of advocacy and education on the true history of the United States Government's treatment of Native tribes and the systemic oppression it has generated. November is the perfect time to advocate for comprehensive education on Native American history in schools, support the land back campaign, and educate yourself on tribes in your area and their needs and goals. 

Native American Heritage Month Resources

"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."

- National Congress of American Indians