In 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November National American Indian Heritage Month (now commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month). Decades earlier, the first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York through the effort of Red Fox James. He had ridden his horse throughout the country to appeal to 24 state governments to honor this day. We now have 6.9 million American Indian or Alaskan Natives amongst the U.S. population and there are 574 federally recognized Native tribes.
All November long is Native American Heritage Month! Come in and check out our selection of fiction and nonfiction titles by authors from Native backgrounds, novels championing Native American stories, and historical accounts. Check out books by Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich and Tommy Orange.
Looking for other ways to celebrate? Make a Native American recipe, like fry bread or three sisters soup. Visit a Native American heritage site such as the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Garvies Point Museum & Preserve or the Southold Indian Museum. Let us know how you plan to celebrate!