November is National Native American Heritage Month. It is an opportunity to recognize, honor, and learn more about the history, traditions, and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives. President Reagan designated November 23-30, 1986, as “American Indian Week.” In November 1990, Congress issued a joint resolution authorizing the President to proclaim November annually as the “National Native American Heritage Month.” Since 1995, every United States President has issued annual proclamations honoring the month of November to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of Native people. National Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, raise general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced historically and in the present, and how tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Additionally, it is a time for us to honor the cultures that represent the robust Native American heritage of our Nation. As business owners, artists, teachers, writers, courageous members of our Armed Forces, and so many more, their contributions to our society are cause for celebration and appreciation by all Americans.

To learn more about National Native American Heritage Month, please visit the resources below.

Presidential Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2021

United States Census Bureau -  American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

United States Department of the Interior Indian Affairs

Native American Heritage Month

Native Americans in the United States Military

This page was last updated on November 01, 2021