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.
Ch'ichu'yam-bam (Soda Rock),
Plumas County, CA
Ch'ichu'yam-bam (Soda Rock), Plumas County, CA
Photo from National Register collection
A meeting place, learning and cultural center for the Maidu
Indian Creek State Park, San Juan County, UT
Newspaper Rock Petroglyph Panel, located in this park, is a fine example of Ute art work and that of earlier cultures.
with Historic Places
| Remnant on the land route of the Trail of Tears. This trail is featured in one of the TwHP lesson
plans for National American Indian Heritage Month.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Benjamin Nance, photographer
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
Travel to historic places that
convey the rich cultural heritage of our American Indian population with inspiring
stories of their perseverance across America.
~NEW~ Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Taino and Carib Americans Indians inhabited this region before the arrival of the Europeans. Learn more about their lasting legacy on these islands.
- American Southwest
American Indians were the first explorers and settlers of the Southwest. Learn more about their distinctive cultures they established here.
- 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
- 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 Indian School.
Featured Park 2004: Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Presidential Proclamation: National American Indian Heritage Month 2004
American Indian History Month 2003 and 2002
For more information about American Indian properties listed in the
National Register, please visit this past feature.
Indian Health Service
Visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs website which provides a calendar of events and further links, including a Brief History on the Creation
of a National American Indian Heritage Month.
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.
Learn more about the National Park Service (NPS) Tribal Preservation
Program that assists Indian tribes in preserving their historic properties
and cultural traditions.
The Museum Collections of Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Discover artifacts from more than 120 sites in Chaco Canyon and the surrounding Colorado Plateau of the Southwest
in an online exhibit of the NPS's Museum Management Program.
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.
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 newly opened Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian fosters, protects and promotes 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
NativeWeb: Resources for Indigenous Cultures Around the World
Developed by a group of historians, independent scholars, and activists, NativeWeb offers a gateway to more than 4,000 historical and contemporary resources relating to over 250 separate nations
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