Native American Heritage Month

America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. The history, heritage, and culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are part of all national parks today. Every November during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share history and the continuing culture of America’s indigenous peoples.

Join the conversation on social media or learn more about Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian history and heritage by using #IndigenousHeritageMonth, #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

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Sharing History & Heritage

Discover stories and cultural heritage shared in national parks and communities across the country.

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Featured Places

History and heritage of America's indigenous peoples are in every county across the country. Explore some featured places.

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Educators Portal

Find distance learning opportunities, lesson plans, and other educational material about history and heritage for all age groups.

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Featured Stories

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This Month's National Park Getaway

Pipestone National Monument continues to be a place for generations of American Indians to share thousands of years of tradition.

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75 Years After World War II

Find stories of people and communities greatly impacted by the war and those who broke barriers and left a legacy.

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A New Assistant Director

Recently named NPS Native American Affairs Liaison Dorothy FireCloud is looking ahead for new opportunities and collaboration.

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Following Footprints in the White Sands

A recent discovery of fossilized human footprints gives a rare glimpse into family life in New Mexico during the Ice Age.

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Fire at Knife River Indian Villages

The Outside Science (Inside Parks) series brought local kids to the park to learn about prairie restoration.

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"Koa Talking to Me"

Follow Junior's love for one of the rarest and most threatened trees in the world that helps him stay connected to his Hawaiian heritage.

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A Close-Up and Personal Focus

National Park Service employee Loren Yellow Bird shares history and heritage around Fort Union Trading Post NHS through his eyes.

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Welcome to Xunaa Shuká Hít

Everyone is welcome to Xunaa Shuká Hít, the Huna Ancestors' House, a gathering place to learn share Tlingit heritage.

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Native Voices About Sites of Conflict

Grants through the American Battlefield Protection Program are helping tell stories through the voices of indigenous peoples.

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Connecting Nature & Culture in Illinois

The Serpent Mound at the Norwest Portage Walking Museum hopes to bring together the natural and cultural heritage in an urban area.

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Restoring Sacred Lands in California

High in California’s Sierra Nevada, the Maidu people are mapping the future of the valley for the Tásmam Kojóm Maidu Cultural Park project.

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A Place With Many Names

"Devils Tower" in the Great Plains continues to be part of many local tribes' histories and sacred narratives with different names.

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Partners around the country and the world share Indigenous peoples' knowledge for on-the-ground ecosystem stewardship.

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Alaska Native Women

Meet women from different times and places in Alaska who balanced traditional heritage and cultural change.

The 19th Amendment and Beyond

August 26, 2020, marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution giving women the legal right to vote. In commemoration of the centennial, we are exploring the complex history involving Americans of all backgrounds fighting for and against women voting. Read stories about Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women's roles in the suffrage movement and beyond as the struggle for civil rights continued.

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    Trip Ideas

    Parks have suggestions for self-guided activities to learn more about Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian history and heritage. You can also find a park to begin planning your own visit and get tips to recreate responsibly.

    Kids Activities and Educational Materials

    Find kids activities and educational materials for different age groups that explore complex history or share cultural heritage of past and present. More activities are available for kids or about local cultures on park websites.