Native American Heritage Month
November 22, 2016
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George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution in 1990 which marked November “National American Indian Heritage Month.” During this time, organizations and people from around the nation commemorate Native Americans’ tradition, their culture, and their contributions to society. It is a time to inform people of the challenges that Native Americans have faced in both the past and the present.
During the month of November, there are films, performances, and lectures to celebrate National American Indian Heritage month. The Library of Congress holds two events; On November 1, there is a lecture and book talk, and on November 2, they show a film called “We Still Live Here.” There is a storybook reading and hands on activity for children and families held at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, New York, on November 12 and on November 5, 6, 24, 25, and 26, there are performances at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.
Native Americans have faced many struggles in the past, but they also face issues such as segregation, crime on reservations, and public health. It is important to remember the many cultures that founded North America and the unwilling sacrifices American Indians have made to help form the United States. Take some time this month to learn more about Native American culture and history. You might be surprised with what you find.