November marks the observance of Native American Indian Heritage Month in the United States. Read President Obama’s Proclamation of Native American Heritage Month, 2016, where he says, “This month, let us celebrate the traditions, languages, and stories of Native Americans and ensure their rich histories and contributions can thrive with each passing generation.”
To assist us with recognizing and honoring Native American Heritage, the Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Archives, National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, and other federal agencies have curated a number of online exhibits and collections about Native American culture. The Bureau of Indian Affairs provides services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
Read about the history of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, currently in the news because of protests against a proposed oil pipeline near the reservation. Opponents to the pipeline’s construction assert that the pipeline poses environmental and cultural threats to lands important to tribal heritage, and supporters arguing for the pipeline point to economic benefits and job opportunities the construction could bring the area. Keep informed about this story and other important news of the day by consulting a variety of news sources as well as information resources provided by the government.
To see government publications about Native American culture and current issues, visit the government documents exhibit near the reference desk on Odum Library’s second floor.