In 1990, a joint resolution was approved by President George H.W. Bush, which called for November to be named National Native American Heritage Month. Native American Month started as a day of appreciation and acknowledgment for the unique contributions made by the first Americans for the growth and establishment of the United States. Eventually it grew to become a monthlong observance.

During the month we explore the heritage, culture and experience of Native American peoples both historically and in American life today.

Resources for educators can be found through the Native American Heritage Month government website. This web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institute, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Additional web resources include:

November 2023: Native American Heritage Month

National Archives

National Endowment for the Humanities (EDSITEment)

National Park Service

Smithsonian Education

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.