The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to
promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American
Indians and Alaska Natives during National American Indian Heritage Month.
This month is dedicated to recognizing the intertribal cultures, the events
and lifeways, the designs and achievements of American Indians and Alaska
Natives. As part of the observance, this site showcases
historic properties listed in the National Register,
National Register publications, and National
Park units. Join the National Register in paying powerful tribute
to the spirit of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and their contributions
to our history.
Ponca Tribal Self-Help
Community Building Historic District, Nebraska
Ponca Tribal Self-Help Community
Building Historic District, Nebraska
courtesy of the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office
A meeting place, learning and cultural center for the Ponca
and Sheep Breeding Laboratory Historic District, New Mexico
Part of a New Deal program to improve sheep breeding and wool production
and preserve Navajo culture
Site of the Alaska Federation of Natives conference of 1971
with Historic Places
This drawing is from the Lewis and Clark journal entry for August 13, 1805. The entry describes the meeting of Lewis and his scouting party with the Lemhi Shoshones, including a vivid description of the pipe smoking ritual of friendship with a sketch of this unique pipe. This drawing is featured in one of the TwHP lesson
plans for National American Indian Heritage Month. You can also learn more about Lewis and Clark and their encounters with different American Indian tribes in our our Lewis and Clark Expedition travel itinerary.
American Philosophical Society Photograph
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 seven ready-to-use lesson plans,
available for free downloading, that examine different aspects of American Indian
Register Travel Itineraries
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado,
featured in the
American Southwest travel itinerary
Photo taken by and courtesy of Shannon Bell
Travel to historic places that
convey the rich cultural heritage of our American Indian population with inspiring
stories of their perseverance across America.
American Indians were the first explorers and settlers of the Southwest.
Learn more about their distinctive cultures they established here.
- Three Historic Nevada Cities: Carson
City, Reno, Virginia City
Learn about the period in our history when Nevada's American Indian
children were forced to attend schools like the Stewart
- Lewis and Clark Expedition
The places highlighted in this itinerary reflect the numerous American
Indian groups the explorers met during their Corps of Discovery. These
places also tell the stories of Sacagawea and tribes like the Mandan,
Hidatsa and Nez Perce who provided invaluable assistance to the explorers.
This itinerary features historic places in Pipestone County, located
in the south west corner of Minnesota. This area reflects a rich history
of American Indian quarrying, prosperity brought by the railroad and
mining enterprises, and a distinctive natural landscape. See specifically
Indian School Superintendent's House and Pipestone
- Indian Mounds
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
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
Featured Park 2003: Bering Land Bridge
American Indian History Month 2002
For more information about American Indian properties listed in the
National Register, please visit this past feature.
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
The Department of the Interior provides a Brief History on the Creation
of a National American Indian Heritage Month.
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.
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.
Visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs website which provides
a calendar of events and further links.
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
The American Indian Heritage Foundation builds bridges of
understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.
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.
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.
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.
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
American History Archive
Students (K-12) can visit this Native American History Archive, designed
especially for assistance with classroom projects.
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