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National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Established in 1986 by President Reagan as "American Indian Week," in 1990 President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution establishing the entire month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Now called, National Native American Heritage month, it "celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States." For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Library of Congress' National American Indian Heritage Month page.

Spotlight on Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.

Check out her work at the SJR State Library -

Poet Warrior: A Memoir

A Map to the Next World: Poetry and Tales

Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry

Visit the poets.org page for Joy Harjo for interviews, readings, and more.

Books at the SJR State Library: General titles about Native Americans in the United States

Queer Indigenous Studies: critical interventions in theory, politics, and literature
Native Diasporas
Spirits of the Earth: a guide to Native American nature symbols, stories, and ceremonies

Online Resources

National Museum of the American Indian 

Indigenous Law Library Archive  "a collection of constitutions, codes, executive orders, and court forms and information of sovereign Indigenous governments and courts of 578 federally recognized nations, communities, and tribes in the United States, as well as some Indigenous legal information from Canada, published online" by the Law Library of Congress

 Association on American Indian Affairs "the oldest non-profit serving Indian Country protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating  youth and building capacity."

American Indian Heritage Foundation  "The American Indian Heritage Foundation was established in 1973 to provide relief services to Indian people nationwide, to build bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people."

National American Indian Heritage Month official site

National Archives' Native American Heritage Month site

Stories about Native Americans  Articles, videos, and podcasts from NPR

Indigenous Digital Archive - "Explore, annotate and learn from over 500,000 archival documents about Santa Fe Indian School and others, all kinds of boarding school records, yearbooks, and letters."

Treaties Explorer


Native Cinema Showcase

November 12–18, 2021
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year's showcase focuses on Native people boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community, and a continued relationship with the land. Activism lies at the heart of all these stories. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.

More Streaming Movies

From Vision Maker Media - Vision Maker Media’s mission is empowering and engaging Native people to share stories. SOURCE

Streaming documentaries from PBS for Native American Heritage Month


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