The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is pleased to highlight efforts across America to protect the cultural legacies of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples of the United States and its territories. By honoring and preserving the sacred places, archaeological sites, landscapes and cultural traditions of Native peoples, we enrich our shared American heritage and connections with place.
Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have been an integral part of the American character. Tribal America has brought to this great country values and ideas that have become ingrained in the American spirit: the knowledge that humans can thrive and prosper without destroying the natural environment; the understanding that people from very different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and traditions can come together to build a great country; and the awareness that diversity can be a source of strength rather than division. Let us rededicate ourselves to the principle that all Americans have the tools to make the most of their God-given potential.
At the turn of the century efforts were implemented for a day of recognition for Native contributions to America. As a result, November was designated as National American Indian and Native Heritage Month. [exit notice]
The following are just a few suggested ways to commemorate the day. [exit notice]
Schoolchildren learn the story of Squanto, a Patuxet brave who helped the Pilgrims survive their first New England winter. But few Americans know the details of Squanto's life. [exit notice]
To learn more about American Indian education, history, culture and contemporary issues, you may wish to review the material from the link shown above. [exit notice]
Learn about famous firsts by American Indians, read about the origins of American Indian Heritage Month, and view slideshows about American Indian life. [exit notice]
American Indian Heritage Month is observed every November in the United States. Learn the etymology of many English words that have American Indian origins, find a list of the best American Indian novels and insightful proverbs, and read a glossary of American Indian terms. [exit notice]
Find a list of the largest tribes and reservations in the United States, where each group originated and where they were forced to move throughout the years, a map of reservations, and more. [exit notice]
Test your knowledge about American Indian history and famous American Indians by trying our quizzes and crosswords. [exit notice]
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