November 29, 2022

Continuing The Celebration: Native American Heritage

Continuing The Celebration: Native American Heritage

As we come to the end of American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month, it’s important that we continue to celebrate, recognize, and acknowledge the rich cultures, diversities and histories of Indigenous people. Indigenous people have historically faced challenges that continue to present themselves today. While November is an excellent time to educate yourself, one month isn’t enough.  Here are some ways you can continue to recognize and celebrate the nation’s first people, their heritage and importance to our past, present, and future.

Recognize the land that you walk.

  • There are over 500 federally recognized tribes in the United States and 326 reservations. Take the time to learn about your local area.
  • Visit Native Land Digital, an Indigenous-led organization providing Indigenous territory maps.

Educate yourself on the problems and systems that affect tribes currently in the U.S.

  • According to the U.S. National Institute for Justice American Indian and Alaska Native women are murdered or sexually assaulted up to 10 times higher than the national average for all races.

Support Native American owned businesses.

Attend events highlighting and celebrating Native American stories.

Watch a documentary or pick up a book written by a Native American author, here are some suggestions: