November is Native American History Month. Below are links to various websites with information about the indigenous people of America.


National Museum of the American Indian

The NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

Government Sites

National American Indian Heritage Month Proclamation

By the President of the United States

Native American History.gov

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

US Department of the Interior Indian Affairs

For almost one hundred years, Americans both Indian and non-Indian have urged that there be permanently designated by the nation a special place on the calendar to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States and their descendants: the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Smithsonian Magazine

Although the first “American Indian Day” was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990.

National Endowment for the Humanities

November is Native American Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to learn something about the culture of some of the first Americans?


American Indians in Children’s Literature

Established in 2006, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.


Celebrate the rich culture of our nation’s first peoples and their descendants in your K-6 classrooms with the reading comprehension passages and lessons

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Books by Native American authors and about Native American history and culture

Childrens books by Native American authors


Circle of Stories — This PBS site uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling.

WWW Virtual Library – American Indians

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet

Native Web

NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples’ usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples’ use of this technology.


Teaching History

Website where you can search for primary sources and lesson plans on Native American History.

You Are Welcome To A Native American PowWow

Learn about Native American Pow Wows

November is National American Indian Heritage Month — Lesson plans and activities to celebrate Native American heritage from the readwritethink Web site.

Celebrate Native American Heritage — Lesson plans from Education World

Smithsonian Education

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

For Native American Heritage Month 2013, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education website celebrates 30 individuals.

The lives of these Americans are worthy of celebration and further study, which our short profiles hope to encourage. The women and men included are writers, editors, journalists, publishers, trailblazers and change makers. They remind us of the rich contributions Native Americans make and have made in the world of words.

Techniques for Evaluating American Indian Web Sites — A useful guide by Elaine Cubbins