Celebrating Native American Heritage Month 2016

Navajo potter Pablita Abeyta with her creations at the 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market

This November is the 26th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness of the over 15,000 homeless Native Americans in the country, of which over 1,250 are unaccompanied and parenting youth. Federal agencies as well as other organizations are encouraged to provide programs that celebrate and highlight Native American history, rights, culture, and contemporary issues.

Explore the resources and programs listed below to educate and enrich the lives of your organization’s members and the young people you serve:

Learn about Native American Heritage

  • The Native American Heritage Month website lists a variety of upcoming events for young people at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the National Archives, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Youth may also enjoy listening to American Indian Flute Music and reading National Park Service Travel Itineraries.
  • The U.S. Department of Education details 6 ways to learn more about American Indian culture.

Improve Local Communities

Discover Resources to Support Native American Youth

Engage Native American Youth

  • The National Museum of the American Indian lists a variety of film festivals and youth programs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Also listed are non-profit organizations that provide support and training for Native and indigenous youth who are interested in film and video making.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup provides information about programs and resources that address substance use disorders among Native youth.
  • Examine the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Programs and Services, helping tribal communities prevent victimization and juvenile delinquency, reduce violent crime, and improve tribal juvenile justice systems.

Look for more articles about Native American youth and Alaskan Native youth in our digital library.

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