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American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month Lesson Plans

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In 1990, Congress proclaimed November National American Indian Heritage Month. The president issues a proclamation each year in honor of the event. In 2001, the presidential proclamation began:

The strength of our Nation comes from its people. As the early inhabitants of this great land, the native peoples of North America played a unique role in the shaping of our Nation’s history and culture. During this month when we celebrate Thanksgiving, we especially celebrate their heritage and the contributions of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples to this Nation. … Their unique spiritual, artistic, and literary contributions, together with their vibrant customs and celebrations, enliven and enrich our land.

The proclamation further called on all Americans to “learn more about the history and heritage of the Native peoples of this great land. Such actions reaffirm our appreciation and respect for their traditions and way of life and can help to preserve an important part of our culture for generations yet to come.” – The Library of Congress

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