American Indian Heritage Month

This is a picture of weaving done by American Indians.
American Indian Heritage Month

Resources will be posted on the district website from November 8th-December 3rd. 



November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.  This month provides the opportunity 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.

A Little History...

Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week."  In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month”. Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.

Before you check out the resource, here are a Few Fun Facts... Did you know?

  1. As of 2019, 2% of the U.S. population identified as American Indian or Alaska Native, which is around 6 million Americans. 

  2. More than 27,000 people who identify as American Indian currently live in Pennsylvania. 

  3. The states with the largest Native American population are: Arizona, California, and Oklahoma

  4. The two largest Native American tribes are Cherokee Nation and Navajo Nation. Learn more

  5. Hammock, barbecue and chocolate are three common words that come from Native American languages. Interested in learning a few more? Click HERE

  6. The PBS Show, Molly of Denali, is the first to feature a Native American lead.