In 1986 both Congress and President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a week in November as “American Indian Week” and in 1990 Congress and President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the entire month of November be proclaimed “National American Indian Heritage Month” and every U.S. President since has made the same declaration. According to the Library of Congress, “National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.”
Missouri has rich Native American history and has many sites across the state where you can learn about that history. Missouri Life Magazine lists twenty-eight Native American sites to explore in Missouri; including caves, trails, state parks, and museums.
If you prefer to stay at home, PBS is airing a collection of films, short stories, and documentaries during November. Learn about and celebrate the history, diversity, culture, and traditions of Indigenous people who are often erased from history. Check your local PBS station schedule or watch On Demand.
(submitted by the Diversity Committee, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services)