November is Native American Heritage Month

News and Information Native American Heritage Month

Also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, this month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, rode across the nation on horseback seeking approval from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians. His efforts resulted in the first American Indian Day, celebrated in May 1916 in New York.

More than seven decades later, then-President George H.W. Bush in 1990 signed a joint congressional resolution designating the month of November “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994 to recognize what is now called “American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.”

Did you know?

6.9 million

The nation’s American Indian and Alaska Native population alone or in combination with other race groups in 2019.

10.1 million

The projected American Indian and Alaska Native population alone or in combination with other race groups on July 1, 2060. They would constitute 2.5% of the total population.

324

The number of distinct federally recognized American Indian reservations in 2019, including federal reservations and off-reservation trust land.

574

The number of federally recognized Indian tribes in 2020.

142,972

The number of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in 2019.

Resources

Visit https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ for a calendar of events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, as well as a host of other resources.


*Information in this post is from https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2020/aian-month.html