UNITED STATES — The first day of November marks the beginning of National American Indian Heritage Month. The next 30 days aim to provide a platform for Native people in the U.S. to share their culture, traditions, and crafts, along with their ways and concepts of life.
Today, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, will kick off the month as she joins the Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, in a conversation with Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. The discussion will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. MST and can be accessed here.
Throughout the month events will celebrate the arts, traditions and culture of Indigenous peoples in the U.S. The National Park Service (NPS) will participate by hosting several featured events and sharing stories across various mediums.
“America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. The history and heritage of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Island communities are part of all national parks today,” said the NPS. “Throughout the year, and especially during November during Native American Heritage Month, the National Park Service and our partners celebrate together the rich traditions, languages, and contributions of Indigenous people.”
On Thursday, Nov. 4, the NPS will host a “Power of Parks for Health Roundtable” discussion to illuminate the stories and experiences of Native communities in connection to health and the outdoors. From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. the panel will discuss approaches to increasing visibility and representation of native history and communities in parks and public lands. Registration is free and open to all. Click here for additional event information.
In Wyoming, Native Americans have been living in and connected to the landscape now known as Yellowstone for at least 11,000 years. Today, there are 27 associated Tribes who have historic and modern connections to the lands and resources now found within the park.
Recent dialogue has centered on how the park can improve partnerships with Tribes in telling tribal stories and working with them to expand tribal presence and engagement within the park.
To access resources in connection to Native American Heritage month click here.