On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter, commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. During this month we celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our nation’s first people as well as acknowledging their hardships and struggles throughout history.
The first ‘American Indian Day’ took place on the second Saturday in May 1916 after Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, rode on horseback to gather endorsements from 24 state governments.
Check out Good Housekeeping’s article, 16 Facts to Learn for Native American Heritage Month, opens a new window, for some fascinating facts about Native Americans and their contributions to our country.
For example, did you know that today there are 29 Federally Recognized Tribes that maintain a connection to the State of Texas, but only three are located in the state? Those three tribes are the Alabama-Coushatta, Tigua, and Kickapoo.
The Bullock museum, in Austin, TX, has a great page on the history of Native Americans in Texas, opens a new window.
There are also numerous Native American Creators out there sharing their story through many different mediums like books, photographs, Instagram, and Tiktok. Take a moment to discover a few of them and their unique experiences and perspectives.
Social Media Creatives
The Red Road Project
@tomaskarmelo, opens a new window on Instagram