The day following Thanksgiving, November 26, is designated as National Native American Heritage Day. On this day, American Indians are given special recognition, as their diverse cultures, successes, contributions, and heritage are honored. Native Americans are the first people in American history, and the bald eagle on the American flag is an Iroquois emblem. On this day, we can take in exhibitions of their distinctive cuisine and traditional attire while speaking out against the severe injustices they have endured.
When is Native American Heritage Day
Native American Heritage Month occurs in November. Native Americans were the first inhabitants of this country, and this month was created to celebrate their cultural heritage and essential role in shaping our past, present, and future.
Native American Heritage Day History
Between 1912 and 1915, Seneca Dr. Arthur C. Parker raised the first objections against National Native American Heritage Day. He initially battled for the Boy Scouts of America to acknowledge a “American Indian Day.” The legislation sponsored by Congressman Joe Baca to declare the day following Thanksgiving as American Indian Heritage Day was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. As a day to honor Native Americans for their countless contributions to the United States, the law was enacted on November 28. The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and 184 federally recognized tribes celebrated American Indian Heritage Day.
Native American Heritage Day promotes respect for indigenous traditions among Americans of all backgrounds through ceremonies and other events. Schools are urged to increase their pupils’ knowledge of Native Americans by offering lessons on their history, contributions, and accomplishments.
The Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009 was initially approved by the US House of Representatives, with minor technical changes agreed upon by the US Senate as a whole. The law was passed by the House of Representatives with all of the Senate’s amendments included. President Barack Obama subsequently signed the bill into law on October 30, 2009.
Native Americans have a great opportunity to inform the public about their communities during Native American Heritage Day and Month. More than ever on this day, they take the lead in fostering cultural dialogue, honor their heritage by donning traditional attire (known as “rocking the moccasin”) and shed light on the various tribal communities.
Native American Heritage Day Activities
Join us in recognizing Native Americans’ resilience and courage today and every day. those battling to preserve their culture while working toward a future in which their people and their culture flourish. The mission of Native Hope is to dismantle the obstacles that have threatened to silence the Native American voices that ought to be heard and respected.
Knowing the truth
Watch films or read books that accurately depict the history and culture of Native Americans. Visit a nearby Native American museum or heritage site.
Participate in online celebrations of Native American Heritage Day or on social media. The well-known Native American Heritage community on TikTok is called #NativeFamily.
The best Native American cuisine
Pick a Native American dish to prepare. Test out Pemmican, Three Sisters Soup, or plain Buffalo Stew. Try out some of the opulent Native American recipes; their cuisine is renowned for being delicious.