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Prehistoric mounds that represent living creatures built by American Indians can be found at Effigy Mounds National Monument
National Park Service photograph
The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians during National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. As part of the observance, this site showcases historic properties listed in the National Register, National Register publications, and National Park units that recognize the events and lifeways, the designs and achievements of American Indians. Join the National Register in paying powerful tribute to the spirit of American Indians, and their contributions to our history.

[graphic] Featured Properties
[photo] Cuyler Presbyterian Church, in Brooklyn, New York
Photo by Kathy Howe, courtesy of New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Picotte Memorial Hospital
Office of the first native American woman to practice medicine in the United States

Cuyler Presbyterian Church
Cornerstone of the Mohawk ironworkers community in Brooklyn.

McCord Village
Archeological remains of secluded Wisconsin American Indians village inhabited until the 1950s

[graphic] Publications

Reconstructed earthlodge at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. This site is featured in one of the TwHP lesson plans for National American Indian Heritage Month.
National Park Service Photograph
Teaching with Historic Places
This program offers a series of award-winning lesson plans that use places listed in the National Register to enliven the study of history, social studies, and geography. TwHP has six ready-to-use lesson plans, available for free downloading, that examine different aspects of American Indian history. Titles include:

National Register Travel Itineraries
Travel to historic places that convey the rich cultural heritage of our American Indian population with inspiring stories of their perseverance across America.

  • Indian Mounds of Mississippi
    This guide to the American Indian Mound sites of Mississippi provides a compact source of information on these impressive landmarks of the ancient past. The mounds bring travelers face to face with a rich legacy of American Indian cultural achievement.
  • Along the Georgia-Florida Coast
    Along the Georgia-Florida Coast uses the area's historic sites, buildings, structures, objects, and districts to reveal many of the most important developments in America's past, including encounters between Europeans and indigenous peoples. See specifically Indian Key.

[graphic] History in the Parks
Featured Park 2002: Effigy Mounds National Monument
Featured Park 2001: Mesa Verde National Park

[graphic] Learn More

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
Visit this website for more information on the 1992 U.S. Congress adoption of amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act (P.L. 102-575) that allow federally recognized Indian tribes to take on more formal responsibility for the preservation of significant historic properties on tribal lands.

Department of the Interior
The Department of the Interior provides a Brief History on the Creation of a National American Indian Heritage Month.

Tribal Preservation Program
Learn more about the National Park Service (NPS) Tribal Preservation Program that assists Indian tribes in preserving their historic properties and cultural traditions.

Archeology and Ethnology Program
NPS cultural anthropologists and ethnographers give voice to living peoples linked to the parks by tradition, deep historical attachment, subsistence use, or other aspects of their culture. See especially their feature on Ancient Architects of the Mississippi.

Library of Congress: Built in America (HABS/HAER)
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States, including sites related to American Indian history and culture. Searches on keywords like "American Indian," or on a specific tribe like the Cherokee, will provide information on an array of associated sites. Most of the site records have publication-quality drawings, photographs and historical data.

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
The National NAGPRA Program develops regulations and guidance for implementing NAGPRA, provides training, assists Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums with the NAGPRA process, and manages a grants program.

Indian Health Service
Visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs website which provides a calendar of events and further links.

National Congress of American Indians
The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative national Indian organization serving the needs of a broad membership of American Indian and Alaska Native governments.

American Indian Heritage Foundation
The American Indian Heritage Foundation builds bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, scheduled to open in 2004, will help foster, protect and promote an understanding of Native American cultures by collaborating with indigenous peoples across the Western Hemisphere. Visit the American Indian Heritage Month calendar of events.

Department of the Navy -- Naval Historical Center
American Indians have participated with distinction in United States military actions for more than 200 years. The Navy highlights their involvement online in: 20th Century Warriors: Native American Participation in the United States Military.

American Indian Policy Center
The American Indian Policy Center has put together a resources list that provides access to information about US tribal relations, enrollment, sovereignty, and treaties. It also provides access to more information from the Center.

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
Native American Resources on the Internet provides a wealth of links to learn more about Native Americans on the internet.

Native American Resources Online
USA People Search has put together a useful page of links to Native American resources online.

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