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- November 1st marks the first day of Native American Heritage Month in the United States. This tradition dates back to the early 20th century when proclamations were adopted by various organizations and state governments celebrating American Indian Day.
- Read more about Native American Heritage Month, learn about the accomplishments of Native Americans, and find out about events that you can take part in using the resource links below.
- Join the celebration by wearing a Native American Heritage Month AFA Pin during the month. If you need a pin, check with your Local Council for more information.
November 1 marks the first day of Native American Heritage Month in the United States. The celebration, which is also referred to as National Native American Heritage Month, began with efforts to recognize an American Indian Day in the early 20th century. In 1916, New York became the first state to proclaim American Indian Day after a declaration from the governor.
The first national recognition came in 1976 when President Gerald Ford signed a proclamation designating Native American Awareness Week. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution recognizing the first National American Indian Heritage Month. This recognition has continued with similar proclamations issued each year under varying names (including Native American Heritage Month and National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) since 1994.
Learn More About Native American History
You can learn more about the accomplishments of Native Americans through some of the dedicated websites and resources below.
- Library of Congress – Native American Heritage Month
- National Archives – Native American Heritage Month
- National Endowment for the Humanities – American Indian History and Heritage
- National Park Service – Native American Heritage Month
- Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of the American Indian
- Alaska Air Group Native Employee Network (NEN) – Microsoft Teams Channel (AAG sign-on required)
Celebrate with a Native American Heritage Month AFA Pin
In 2021, the AFA Executive Board unanimously passed a resolution in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. The resolution established a special commemorative pin for AFA Members to wear throughout the month.
For more information about the pin, contact your Local Human Rights Committee. Also be on the lookout for a communication from your Local Council or contact your LEC Officers to determine pin availability.
If you have any questions, please contact your Local Human Rights Committee.