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2020 Observances

November: American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage 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 Law Library of Congress' National American Indian Heritage Month page.

RELATED TITLES AT THE SJR STATE LIBRARY

Online Resources

National Museum of the American Indian

 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

NOW STREAMING Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

Our Fires Still Burn

"This compelling one hour documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native Americans. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make significant contributions to society. Their experiences will deeply touch both Natives and non-Natives and help build bridges of understanding, respect, and communication. The tragic history of Native Americans is considered by many to be our “American Holocaust.” This can be seen in the history of the Boarding School Era, during which time Native children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools. Interviewees explain how this past trauma continues to negatively impact their emotional and physical health today and contribute to urgent social problems. To help heal this historical trauma, First Nations people are reclaiming their spiritual and cultural identity. The stories shared in this documentary are powerful, startling, despairing and inspiring. They reflect an American history fraught with the systematic destruction of a people. Yet, amidst the debris of suffering and trauma, there is resilience and a profound remembering and healing taking place today, which will also benefit the next Seven Generations."

Access to this streaming film is limited to current SJR State students and employees only. When prompted, signin with your MySJRstate username & password.

“Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience.” Films On Demand, Films Media Group, 2013, fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=95565&xtid=141348. Accessed 8 July 2020.


The St. Johns River State College Library recognizes and is dedicated to its role as an agency "to support the creation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society" and endorses the American Library Association's related statements. The SJR State Library also supports the Florida Library Association’s Statement on Racial Justice. The SJR State Library and Learning Resources Department's events & observances provide resources and opportunities to explore cultures throughout America and around the world.