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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian, Indigenous Peoples' Month, and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is not only a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of America's Native peoples. It also serves as a time to educate the public about tribes and to bring attention to the challenges Native people have faced both in the past and present and the ways that tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. 

Learn about famous American Indians

American Indian Literature- Nonfiction

Works of fiction and poetry by American Indian authors

Feature Films

Wind River

A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

Indian Horse

An adaptation of Richard Wagamese's award winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada's Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people.

Smoke signals

A bittersweet comedy about two young Native Americans, Victor and Thomas, who leave their small town for an adventure in self-discovery.

Up Heartbreak Hill

For teens Thomas, Tamara, and Gabby, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharfs Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

The Warrior tradition

The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. The film chronicles the accounts of Native American warriors from their own points of view stories of service and pain, of courage and fear. 

500 Nations

500 Nations is an eight-part documentary that looks back at life in North America before the arrival of the Europeans, then follows the epic struggles of Indian Nations as the continent is reshaped by contact