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About Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.   President Calvin Coolidge issued a proclamation on September 28, 1915 which declared the second Saturday of may as an American Indian Day.  This recognition was the first for Native Americans, and was the result of years of planning and advocacy by the Congress of the American Indian Association.  In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month”, and it has been declared a similar Month every year since 1994.  The significant contributions of Native American/American Indians have  made to the establishment of the United States are celebrated, along with their wide variety of tribe and clan cultures, traditions, and history.  It is also a month to learn and act on the current challenges facing Native peoples today.

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Native American Heritage Month

America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. The history and heritage of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Island communities are part of all national parks today. Throughout the year, and especially during November during Native American Heritage Month, the National Park Service and our partners celebrate together the rich traditions, languages, and contributions of Indigenous people.

Join the conversation on social media by using #IndigenousHeritageMonth or #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.Explore the stories in honor of Native American Heritage Month, but also find resources to learn about Indigenous history and heritage in national parks year-round.

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Sharing History & Heritage

Discover stories and cultural heritage shared in national parks and communities across the country.

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Featured Places

History and heritage of America's Indigenous peoples are in every county across the country. Explore some featured places.

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Educators Portal

Find distance learning opportunities, lesson plans, and other educational material about history and heritage for all age groups.

Tribal Tourism and Native Voices

The National Park Service is working with Indigenous communities to preserve native cultural heritage and celebrate tribal cultures.

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Celebrating Indigenous Artists

The National Park Service is collaborating with partners to support purchasing and selling artwork directly from Indigenous artists.

Trip Ideas

Parks have suggestions for self-guided activities to learn more about Indigenous peoples' history and heritage. Find a park to begin planning your visit or download the NPS App.