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SIRS Discoverer Spotlight of the Month: National Native American Heritage Month

Each November, the United States celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month by honoring Native Americans and their diverse cultures, contributions and achievements. Many achievements and influences can be found in art, music, literature, agriculture, spirituality, and medicine. National American Indian Heritage Month has been a significant national celebration since 1990. This yearly commemoration honors Native Americans’ accomplishments and their role in the development of American culture and society, while recognizing the evolution of the Native American experience and emphasizing the importance of preserving Native traditions and heritage. Visit the November SIRS Discoverer Spotlight and join us in commemorating the cultures and recognizing the hardships of Native Americans. Young researchers can read about Crazy Horse as a child; discover the history of the Sioux tribe; explore the wonders of totem poles, and much more.

Edward S. Curtis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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SKS Spotlight of the Month: National American Indian Heritage Month

Before Europeans arrived on North American soil, Native Americans had lived and prospered on the rich, diverse land for thousands of years. By the time colonization programs began in the late 16th century, disease brought by explorers and colonists had devastated Native American tribes along the eastern coast. Many died.

Native Americans at a Powwow <br /> by U.S.D.A./Larry Rana, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Native Americans at a Powwow
by U.S.D.A./Larry Rana, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

As history shows us, European colonization and settlement continued across the United States as wars ravaged tribes and destroyed relationships between the natives and newcomers. It is a history fraught with violence and emotion.

In the mid 19th-century–a mere 164 years ago–the federal government took action to promote peace between Native American tribes and European settlers. The Indian Appropriations Act created Indian reservations in the region of Oklahoma, an effort that instigated anger, erupting in more battles and wars.

The Indian New Deal of 1934 provided additional rights to native tribes and allowed and encouraged these tribes to govern themselves. Some compensation programs paid reparations for lost lands and broken tribes, but not all of these programs were successful. Throughout the 20th century, Native American activist groups struggled for rights and causes significant to their people.

In the 21st century, Native Americans are revered for their beautiful cultures and remembered for their harmonious connection with the land and nature. But issues facing native peoples and tribes remain unsettled. Many people feel strongly that the deep wounds afflicted on these populations are not healed. Economic, emotional, and social difficulties continue to plague Native American tribes living on Indian reservations. Hot-button issues persist in mainstream American culture, such as the controversy surrounding the Redskins and their team name and mascot.

This November, be sure to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. Engage your students in the incredibly important history of Native Americans. Introduce them to significant native people of the past, such as Red Cloud, Squanto, Crazy Horse, and Sacajawea. Teach them about the ways and cultures of tribes, such as Cherokee, Cree, and Iroquois. Help foster in your students a love and appreciation for Native American art and customs. Join SKS and its November SKS Spotlight of the Month in emphasizing the significance of the great heritage and complicated history of Native Americans.

SKS Spotlight: Native American History and Culture

Doug Hall, a member of the Odawa tribe of Minnesota, carries the eagle staff, the traditional American Indian flag, as he leads the procession into the ceremonial areas during American Indian Intertribal Cultural Organization Second Annual Veterans Powwow celebration, held at Central Middle School in Edgewater, Md., Nov. 8. <br > Defense Department (DOD), American Forces Information Service (AFIS), via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Doug Hall, a member of the Odawa tribe of Minnesota, carries the eagle staff, the traditional American Indian flag, as he leads the procession into the ceremonial areas during American Indian Intertribal Cultural Organization Second Annual Veterans Powwow celebration, held at Central Middle School in Edgewater, Md., Nov. 8.
Defense Department (DOD), American Forces Information Service (AFIS), via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Each November, the United States celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month by honoring Native Americans and their diverse cultures, contributions and achievements. SKS is an excellent portal into Native American history and issues and offers highlights of Native American art, literature and spirituality. Meet author Louise Erdrich, whose collection of novels ponders Native Americans’ position in society. Explore images of Native Americans from the Bancroft Library. Investigate the controversy involving the Washington Redskins football team.

National American Indian Heritage Month has been a significant national celebration since 1990. This yearly commemoration continues to honor Native Americans’ accomplishments and their revolutionary role in the development of American culture and society, while recognizing the evolution of the Native American experience and emphasizing the significance of preserving Native traditions and heritage. Visit the November SKS/SIRS Issues Researcher Spotlight and join us in commemorating the myriad contributions and cultures of Native Americans .

SKS Spotlight: Native American History and Culture

Alone of all Native American leaders in the West, Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux won a war against the United States when he forced the federal government to abandon forts in Montana in 1868. But Red Cloud then laid down his arms and spent the rest of his life on reservations. by Library of Congress via ProQuest SIRS Researcher [Public Domain]

Alone of all Native American leaders in the West, Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux won a war against the United States when he forced the federal government to abandon forts in Montana in 1868. But Red Cloud then laid down his arms and spent the rest of his life on reservations. by Library of Congress via ProQuest SIRS Researcher [Public Domain]

Each November, the United States celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month by honoring Native Americans and their diverse cultures, contributions and achievements. SKS is an excellent portal into Native American history and issues and offers highlights of Native American art, literature and spirituality. Meet author Louise Erdrich, whose collection of novels ponders Native Americans’ position in society. Learn about the Native American community in the Chicago area; pay tribute to Native American soldiers; ponder native cultures’ diverse spiritualities; and learn about the complex history of Native Americans.

National American Indian Heritage Month has been a significant national celebration since 1990. This yearly commemoration continues to honor Native Americans’ accomplishments and their revolutionary role in the development of American culture and society, while recognizing the evolution of the Native American experience and emphasizing the significance of preserving Native traditions and heritage. Visit the November SKS/SIRS Issues Researcher Spotlight and join us in commemorating the myriad contributions and cultures of Native Americans .

Discoverer Spotlight: Native American History and Culture

Sioux Teepee by Library of Congress via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

Sioux Teepee by Library of Congress via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with SIRS Discoverer’s November Spotlight of the Month! Read a fictional story about Crazy Horse as a child; discover the history of the Cherokee tribe; learn about the Battle of Little Bighorn; explore the wonders of totem poles; and much more. Native Americans are such an important part of American history and heritage. Their achievements and influences can be found in art, music, literature, agriculture, spirituality, and medicine. National American Indian Heritage Month not only pays tribute to these accomplishments, but promotes the importance of preserving Native traditions and heritage. Join SIRS Discoverer in honoring the vital role of Native Americans in American society.