LAPS: November Is Native American Heritage Month



By Superintendent Dr. KURT STEINHAUS
Los Alamos Public Schools

November is Native American Heritage Month – a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.  

Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges (click here).

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. 

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month”. Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994. 

In honor of the rich cultural contributions Native American students and families bring to Los Alamos Public Schools, we encourage teachers and administrators to find ways to highlight Native American contributions in our community, state and nation during the month of November. 

Recognize some of the rich histories and cultures of America’s Native peoples in your classrooms with our newest collection of primary sources, reading passages, lessons and videos.