It is a wonderful time of year for Native Clubs. Leaves are changing, afterschool programs are in full swing, and it is officially Native American Heritage Month! The first of November started 30 days of raising awareness of Native heritage in communities across the country through celebrations of culture.
While Native heritage should be celebrated every month, the nationally known observance has been around for a few decades, since 1990. President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution that declared November the time to recognize the hardship, perseverance, and success of Native communities nationwide. This observance had been centuries in the making.
Tribes, communities, and organizations are all taking part in festivities to support Native heritage. Whether you decide to dedicate one day to Native history recognition, or 30, or every day, it is important for our youth to have the opportunity to learn more about the incredible contributions of Native cultures. We have a few resources that you can use to show your Club kids the history and importance of Native American Heritage Month. Check them out below!
- History of Native American Heritage Month
- Resources for teaching Native history
- We Shall Remain Video
In addition, in conjunction with the Native National Advisory Committee, we’ve created high-resolution poster resources for you, below. You can select the version that best fits your community, download and print it locally using 11 x 17 paper.