Indigenous Heritage Featured Places

The National Park Service cares for America's more than 400 national parks…and works in almost every one of her 3,141 counties. We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun. Find a few selected important places outside the parks here and explore the links for more. Then explore what you can do to share your own stories and the places that matter to you.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area: Visitors to this National Heritage Area can learn about Cherokee history and heritage at a variety of museums, interpretive centers, and historic sites.Cherokee heritage events are also held throughout the year.

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area: The Chitimacha tribe has the longest historical association with this area in Louisiana, but Native Americans have lived here dating back as far as 2,500 years ago.The Chitimacha tribe had more than 15 villages throughout the area.

Great Basin National Heritage Area: Paleo-Indian and Archaic Period sites have been found in this National Heritage Area.The Fremont culture emerged in this area.Today the area is home to the Goshute Indian Reservation, the Kanosh Indian Reservation, the Duckwater Shoshone Reservation, and the Ely Shoshone Tribe.

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area: Parts of the Quechan Reservation are located in the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.Yuma's location as the desert crossing of the Colorado River is a significant because of the early contact between Quechan and Euro-Americans in the sixteenth century.Today, the emphasis on restoration of the Colorado River also contributes to the preservation of the tribe's traditions.

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