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November is Native American Heritage Month!

Join Brookfield Engineering Science Technology Academy in recognizing and honoring Native American Heritage Month throughout the month of November!

Native American Heritage Month (NAHM), also commonly recognized as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, takes place in November and is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the rich and diverse traditions, cultures, and histories of Native people.

Native American Heritage Month offers us the opportunity to celebrate Native/Indigenous people, history, culture, traditions and contributions to society. It is also a time to raise awareness about the challenges and injustices Native/Indigenous people have faced, both historically and in the present.

November was first designated as Native American Heritage Month in 1990 when President George H.W. Bush signed a joint resolution approved by Congress. This followed nearly 100 years of advocacy by Native/Indigenous people for a period of national recognition.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, about 5.2 million people in the United States identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, making up 1.7% of the total population. (Source: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-10.pdf)

What is the definition of American Indian or Alaska Native?

The Office of Management and Budget (OBM) defines American Indian or Alaska Native as a person having origins in any of the original people's of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation.

How many Native American Languages are there?

There are about 150 Native American languages in Canada and the United States.

(Source: http://www.native-languages.org/kidfaq.htm#1)

When was the first American Indian Day Celebrated?

The first day of celebration occurred in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.


Ways to participate in celebrating Native American Heritage Month

There are approximately 326 reservations in the United States, making up more than 56 million acres of land, according to the Department of Indian Affairs. There are a number of ways in which you can participate in Native American Heritage Month, including paying a visit to one of our local Southern California reservations or taking a trip to your local museum. You can also support native-owned businesses and charities.

You can learn more about Native American Heritage Month at the following National Archives link: https://www.archives.gov/…/t…/native-american-heritage-month

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