History of National Native American Heritage Month
National Native American Heritage Month celebrates the culture, contributions and heritage of Native Americans. For many years, Native Americans and others proposed that a special day be set aside to honor Native Americans. The efforts to establish a day of recognition has resulted in a month being designated for the purpose. Since 1976, the President of the United States and Congressional resolutions have proclaimed a day, week or month of recognition.
We’re celebrating with special events at our libraries all month long—check out the right column for details.
The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) at Huntington Park Library was established in 1979 to address informational needs of American Indians in Los Angeles County and to make information about them available to the larger community.
The Resource Center is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with some special events, including a Native American pottery workshop and a talking stick art program.
Native American Heritage Month – Library of Congress website includes the history of the establishment of Native American Heritage Month.
Census Facts, Native American Heritage Month 2018 – the first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, rode horseback from state to state to get endorsements from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians.
Native American History in the County of Los Angeles – General information and links to the history of the Indigenous peoples of Los Angeles.
Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center – Located in the Angeles National Forest, the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center is a cooperative effort between the Angeles National Forest and Ne’ayuh (“friends” in Tongva), a non-profit Native organization formed to provide programs and events at the center. At the Center, Native American people can gather to share their culture, history, heritage and dreams with their families, brothers, and sisters from other Native groups and the general public.
Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission – The mission of Los Angeles City/County Native American Commisson (NAIC) is two fold: 1. increase the acquisition and local application of federal funds and 2. represent the special interests and concerns of Native Americans in the Los Angeles City and County. Visitors to the NAIC website can connect to local tribal governments, regional Native American organizations, and various federal and state departments.
National Museum of the American Indian – Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) cares for one the world’s largest collection of Native artifacts. NMAI operates 3 facilities and a large outreach department that includes websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.
American Indian Resource Center Selected Native American Websites – Visit the AIRC page for additional links of interest.
National Native American Heritage Month Events