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Qahatika Girl, 1908

Native American Heritage Month

What we call Native Americans are actually countless distinct tribes that lived across the Americas for thousands of years. Most likely, the first Americans arrived 15,000 years ago via a land bridge near the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia. Some developed thriving civilizations, such as the Cahokia mound-building settlement in what is now Collinsville, Illinois.

The Indian Removal Act was authorized by President Andrew Jackson. In 1838, thousands were forcefully moved from their homelands to areas west of the Mississippi River. This "Trail of Tears" resulted in the death of an estimated 4,000 Native Americans.

In 1990, a federal resolution designated November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994, and we now refer to this celebration as “American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.”

These videos can help your students learn about the histories and stories of Native Americans.


A History of Native American Achievement

A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 8
28 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 1
28 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 6
29 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 4
28 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 7
29 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 2
28 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 3
29 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 5
26 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12

Native American Culture

Bare Feet With Mickela Mallozzi
Season 1 / Ep 5
27 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
34 minutes
Grade Level: 10 - 12
10 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Exploring Our Past
Episode 5
27 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 10
18 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 8
Inuit
Episode 1
14 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 9
Inuit
Episode 3
14 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 9
Inuit
Episode 4
14 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 9
Science Nation
Episode 163
3 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Wild Chronicles
Season 4 / Ep 412
6 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 12

Native American Folklore

15 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
8 minutes
Grade Level: K - 4
Stories From the Seventh Fire
Episode 1
14 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Stories From the Seventh Fire
Episode 5
13 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Stories From the Seventh Fire
Episode 4
13 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 4
Stories From the Seventh Fire
Episode 3
13 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Stories From the Seventh Fire
Episode 2
13 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Stories From the Seventh Fire
Episode 6
14 minutes
Grade Level: 3 - 6

DID YOU KNOW...?

The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state to get endorsements from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians.

There are 573 federally recognized Indian tribes in America.

There are about 150 Native North American languages spoken in the United States today by more than 350,000 people.

With his space shuttle mission in 2002, John Herrington became the first Native American tribe member to venture into space.

Maria TallChief was a famous ballerina who danced with the New York City Ballet and founded the Chicago City Ballet.


Did you know one out of every 100 Americans is an Indian? That over 62% of all the food the world eats today was originally developed by American Indians?

DCMP has resources to help your students learn about Native American heritage and offers this flyer to get your class off to a good start.


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