Did you know that there are 562 Native American tribes in the USA and more than 3 million citizens of the U.S. identify as Native people?
For many years, there was one special day appointed to honor Native traditions in various states and regions. However, in 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a national resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations including “American Indian” and “Alaska Native Heritage Month” have been issued each year since 1994 continuing the tradition of creating a month long focus on the contributions and cultures of the first peoples of the United States.
Organizing events and activities throughout the month and sponsoring the website for Native American Heritage Month are a consortium of groups including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Online resources are available at the links below and the main page of the Native American Heritage Month site shares a list of ongoing activities for November 2012 and beyond.
Teachers and Teaching Resources for Native American Heritage Month: http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/teachers/index.html
Home Page – Native American Heritage Month 2012: http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/index.html
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