November is Native American Heritage Month!

Published On: November 15th, 2022|Categories: News|

November is Native American Heritage Month!

This month was declared Native American Heritage Month in August of 1990 by President George W. Bush.

According to the National Congress of American Indians, this month “is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.” It is important, not only in November but all through the year, to educate oneself on Native American Heritage, their contributions to the world we live in, and to celebrate them. In Minnesota, there are seven Anishinaabe reservations, which are Chippewa and Ojibwe, and four Dakota (Sioux) communities. You can find out more information about these communities on the Minnesota website.

Literature

The Rochester Public Library has presented books for readers of all ages that will be on display in the library for the month of November. These are pieces that you can read about Native Americans and help you learn more about their heritage.

You can find those books listed here

Places to Visit 

The Minnesota Historical Society has a list of places that you can learn about Native American Culture and Heritage at. You can find them here.

Take some time this month to unlearn and re-learn something new about Native American Heritage month! Acknowledge what they have been through, the contributions they have made, and celebrate their heritage this month and every month.

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