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Native American Heritage Month



What is Native American Heritage Month?

Also known as American Indian and Alaskan Native Month, Native American Heritage month is a time to honor traditions, culture, contributions, and history of indigenous communities. It is also a time to reflect upon the past.

 It started with Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca archeologist and director of Rochester Museum and Science Center, advocating for a federally recognized day for Native Americans. As a result, New York was the first state to recognize American Indian Day, in 1916. 

Later, in 1990, George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as Native American Heritage Month.