November is Native American Heritage Month, which was created in 1990 through a presidential proclamation and has continued to be observed ever since. The month is dedicated to showcasing the immense importance of this group, as it represents the rich history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous peoples in the United States.
During the month of November, awareness is spread about Indigenous history, contemporary Native issues, and the accomplishments of Native Americans who have enriched our culture.
Why celebrate Native American Heritage?
As a tribally owned company, our team is passionate about protecting tribal sovereignty and growing economic prosperity throughout Indian Country. We want to share a few important reasons to recognize and celebrate Native American heritage:
1. Acknowledge the historical & ongoing contributions Native Americans have made to the nation.
From agriculture and medicine to language and art, Native Americans have made significant contributions to American society. Acknowledging and celebrating their heritage allows us to honor their achievements and recognize their importance in shaping our collective identity.
2. Foster cultural awareness and appreciation.
It allows individuals to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous traditions, values, and perspectives, and this knowledge can lead to greater respect and appreciation for the diverse cultural heritage that exists within the United States.
3. Address historical injustices and promote social justice.
Throughout history, Native Americans have faced colonization, forced assimilation, and marginalization. Recognizing their heritage is a step toward healing historical wounds, promoting cultural preservation, and empowering Native American communities.
How to Celebrate Native American Heritage
Although it’s nice to have a month dedicated to celebrating and honoring Native American heritage, there are many ways you can continue acknowledging Native Americans throughout the entire year. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
Attend cultural events
Look for local events, powwows, or cultural festivals that celebrate Native American heritage. By attending these events, you will be able to experience traditional dances, music, food, and crafts.
One of the best ways to celebrate Native American heritage is to educate yourself about their history, culture, and contributions. Read books, watch documentaries, or visit museums dedicated to Native American history.
Volunteer and support Native American organizations
Get involved with local Native American organizations. Offer your time and support by volunteering at community events, fundraisers, or educational programs that promote Native American heritage and empower Indigenous communities.
Support Native American businesses and artists
According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Native American-owned businesses contribute over $33 billion to the U.S. economy every year and employ over 200,000 people. We encourage you to seek out Native American-owned businesses and artists and support their work and help sustain their livelihoods.
Amplify Native American voices
Give platforms and opportunities for Native American voices to be heard. Share books, articles, art, and other resources created by Native Americans to promote their perspectives and insights.
We encourage you to approach Native American heritage with sensitivity and respect. We feel that engaging in cultural appreciation rather than cultural appropriation is crucial to ensure Native American traditions and identity are honored and preserved.