Native American Heritage Month

We are celebrating Native American Indian Heritage Month all of November in honor of all of the work, success, sacrifices, and cultural impact that the American Indians had on the United States. Learn more about the Native American Indians impact on America, and use the virtual backgrounds to share and celebrate with us all month long!


The Facts

The first day that was created to honor and celebrate Native Americans was created by the Boy Scouts of America after Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, had encouraged the boys to set a day aside to celebrate the “First Americans”. The Boy Scouts did this for 3 years following.

In 1915 the annual Congress of the American Indian Association had approved a plan for American Indian Day. On Sept. 28, 1915, the President, Sherman Coolidge (an Arapahoe) issued a proclamation that declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day.

This proclamation also included the first formal appeal to recognize Indians as citizens. 

 In 1914, Red Fox James (a Blackfoot Indian) rode horseback across the country requesting each state to create an annual day that honors Indians. On Dec. 14, 1914, James presented the support of 24 state governments to the White House but there is no record of December 14th being proclaimed as National Indian Day.

In May 1916, the first National Indian Day was declared by the governor of New York. Other states like Illinois enacted in 1919 that the fourth Friday of September would be American Indian Day, and still today many states consider Columbus Day, American Indian Day even though it isn’t acknowledged on this holiday. 

In November of 1990, George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution which designated November as National American Indian Heritage Month and this has been enacted every year since 1994.    


Additional Resources


Activities

Zoom Backgrounds
Virtual backgrounds are one of the easiest ways to celebrate Native American Heritage Month! All November you can replace your normal backdrop with one that celebrates all Native American Indians! Get your friends and co-workers to share and join in on the celebration all month long!

Right-click the image then save as to your computer. Open your Zoom application and update your background to the file you saved from this page.

Social Media Activity

  • Directions
    • Click and save the images below to your device.
    • Then post it on social media and tag us using the social handles below!
      • EXAMPLE WORDS: I am celebrating Native American Heritage Month this November to help spread awareness of the work and impact that American Indians had on the United States of America long ago! Join me in celebrating these incredible people by using the Zoom Backgrounds in your upcoming Zoom calls or see all of the history and information by using the link! https://bit.ly/3CG9aZK

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