Since the turn of the century, various political figures in the United States have attempted to commemorate a day that recognizes the significant contributions Native Americans have made to the establishment and growth of the United States. It wasn’t until 1990, when President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month (which is also called American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.)
Throughout history, Native Americans have had an insurmountable influence on our development as a country medically, politically, and culturally. National Native American Heritage Month is an important commemorative period that should be spent educating people about the various tribes that have existed in the United States, shine a light on the historic challenges Native Americans have faced, and showcase the ways in which we should bring awareness to the barriers Native Americans continually battle.
If you are interested in learning more about Native American culture, you can visit the Brooklyn Museum or
the Museum of Natural History’s Native American exhibits, which portray the various Native American tribes, traditions and their interesting history. You can also visit for free the National Museum of the American
Indian on One Bowling Green in Manhattan.