The month of November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month. What can we learn, and what can we do this month to acknowledge the history and ‘B the Change’? What change would we like to see in the world with regard to the Native Peoples who populated the Americas? We live in a continuously changing world, as continuously evolving human beings. Many efforts are being made to recognize the wrongs of the past and we deeply appreciate those efforts and join in them.
We visited several websites to learn what is being done to acknowledge and uplift Native Peoples during this month. Our first visit was to the US Census. At this website we found out how the commemorative month came to exist, and we learned the numbers of individuals and numbers of tribes.
“The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. The event culminated an effort by Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, who rode across the nation on horseback seeking approval from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, more than seven decades later, then-President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating the month of November ‘National American Indian Heritage Month’.”
Today the commemorative month is called “American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.” We encourage you to visit this website for some educational information. Click HERE.
Our next visit was to the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans. At this website we have access to a number of webinars scheduled over the month. The theme is “Seeds” and over the month the organization will feature five different speakers. We encourage you to visit this website and perhaps join in some of the webinars, which look like they will be rich with information and learning. You can visit the website and register for the webinars HERE.
Our next visit was to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America whose website offers children and parents ways to celebrate Native American Heritage this month. As #1 they offer links to information about what Native boys and girls are doing in their Boys & Girls Clubs. Here children can learn what it’s like to be a Native young person today. The #2 category is an interactive map to see what tribal land you are living on. As #3 they offer links to three children’s books, ages 2-8 years, about and by Native Americans.
Offering #4 is a virtual field trip at the National Geographic YouTube channel in which we can learn more about Native American tribes and cultures. You can enjoy the National Geographic virtual field trip by clicking HERE. And finally, as #5 they list activities that honor Native American oral history, honoring elders and connecting with nature. We recommend a visit to the Boys and Girls Club website – accessed HERE.
At AMS Fulfillment we take our ‘good for the world’ promise seriously. We know that culture changes for the better if we make it so. As a B Corporation, AMS strives to be a part of that change we all want to see. During the month of November we encourage our readers to learn and join in the webinars to support Native American communities.