During National Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate the countless contributions of Native peoples past and present, honor the influence they have had on the advancement of our Nation, and recommit ourselves to upholding trust and treaty responsibilities, strengthening Tribal sovereignty, and advancing Tribal people.
Why is Native American Heritage Month in November?
Per the resolution, Native American Heritage month is in November because the month of November “concludes the traditional harvest season of Native American Indians and was generally a time of celebration and giving thanks.”
In 1990, a joint resolution was passed by Congress and signed into law by the late President George H. W. Bush declaring November Native American Indian Heritage Month.
Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area
Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area is one of 55 National Heritage Areas throughout the country and was the first to be established west of the Mississippi. Extending 45 miles along the Poudre River, this park preserves the rich history of the area. The Northern Arapaho lived in the river’s basin for centuries before they were forcibly removed by the U.S. military in the 1870s. Later, settlers built irrigation ditches and canals, many of which are still in use and can be seen by visitors today.
A 2020 Women in Parks grant from NPF supports the “Lifting Voices from the Shadows” project at the park. The project records and archives the personal experiences of Northern Arapaho women, including their personal experiences with voting and contemporary issues. Their stories will be used to create online content such as educational videos and webinars, as well as future in-park programming including guided walks, and special talks and events. (CLICK the link to view their stories, and more text)
The National Park Foundation is an apolitical, non-partisan philanthropic organization focused on raising private funds to directly support America’s national parks.