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.
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.