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National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Established in 1986 as "National American Indian Heritage Month,"  the month as defined by the Law Library of Congress, "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.

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

Books at the SJR State Library about Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving Book : a companion to the holiday covering its history, lore, traditions, foods, and symbols, including primary sources, poems, prayers, songs, hymns, and recipes
This land is their land : the Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the troubled history of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: the biography of an American holiday


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.

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


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