Indigenous Heritage Featured Parks

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we safeguard these more than 400 places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. Find a few of those stories here and then Find a Park to find more of all Americans' stories.

Russell Cave National Monument: This archaeological site contains one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast.It provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.

Alagnak Wild River: Archeological surveys have documented sites dating to 9,000 to 7,000 years.The Alagnak Village was excavated in 2004.Today, modern Yupik, Sugpiaq Alutiiq, and Denaina people from Levelock, Iguigig, Naknek, and other villages use the area for fishing, hunting, and gathering.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: From 1838 to 1839 Cherokee people were forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.

Canyon De Chelly National Monument: The monument encompasses approximately 84,000 acres of lands located entirely on the Navajo Nation with roughly 40 families residing within the park boundaries. The National Park Service and the Navajo Nation share resources and continue to work in partnership to manage this special place.

Last updated: March 15, 2016