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Celebrating Indigenous Heritage

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What is Native American/Indigenous People’s Month?

For almost one hundred years, Americans both Indian and non-Indian have urged that there be permanently designated by the nation a special place on the calendar to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States and their descendants: the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

The quest for a national honoring of Native Americans began in the early 20th Century as a private effort. As far back as the late 1970s, Congress has enacted legislation and subsequent presidents have issued annual proclamations designating a day, a week or a month to celebrate and commemorate the nation’s American Indian and Alaska Native heritage. In 2009, Congress passed and the President signed legislation that established the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day of each year as “Native American Heritage Day.” [Source: Indian Affairs]

Terms Used for Indigenous People’s:

[Source: The National Park Service and the Council for Indigenous Relevancy, Communication, Leadership, and Excellence]

Celebrating Indigenous People’s Heritage

Some honor and celebrate Indigenous People’s Heritage Month by donating to Indigenous charities, eating food from Indigenous tribes, learning from their cultures, and honoring influential Indigenous figures who have made an impact on our society. Below are some ways you can celebrate with us!

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Check out TV Shows, Documentaries, Movies, Books, and Podcasts:

This Land Podcast Listen here!
Indigenous Book Directory Find them here!
Ȟesápa (2020) Watch on Youtube!
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Watch on Netflix!
American Experience: We Shall Remain (2009) Watch on PBS!
Indian Horse (2017) Watch on Netflix!
Dance with the Wolves (1990) Watch on Netflix!
The Great Native American Civilizations (2016) Watch on PBS!
We Still Live Here (2011) Watch on PBS!
Smoke Signals (1998) Watch on Youtube!
Gather (2020) Watch on Amazon Prime!