Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Throughout November, discover the rich history, ceremonies, and storytelling traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America as part of Native American Heritage Month

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Native American Heritage Month 2021

Although recognition of the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. began in the early 20th century, it wasn't until 1990 when President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Learn more about the  rich tribal histories, ceremonies, and oral storytelling traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America with these resources.


#OwnVoices Picture Books: Celebrating Indigenous Children and Their Families

Celebrate stories and traditions with this collection of picture books.

Growing Up Native

Different perspectives of the Native experience for young readers.


eBook Collection

Get immediate access to eBooks featuring Native literature and history through hoopla.

Hoopla Native American eBooks


Watch documentaries about Indigenous experiences and voices available through our streaming video service Kanopy.

Kanopy Native American Films


 Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman 

One of the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first openly LGBTQ representative from Kansas, Rep. Sharice Davis discussed her new picture-book autobiography in an online program hosted by the Library on October 11, 2021, in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Davids,  a member of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation, was joined in conversation by her two collaborators on her book. Illustrator Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, a member of Wasauksing First Nation, is an Ojibwe Woodland-style artist from Barrie, Ontario, and co-writer Nancy K. Mays is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Kansas whose writing has been published in Ploughshares, the Colorado Review, and Mid-American Review, among other publications.  

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Celebrating Storytelling With Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

The Library's Director of Branch Operations Cindy Hohl is joined by Joy Harjo, who is currently serving her second term as the first Native American  U.S. Poet Laureate, in an online conversation April 27, 2021, as part of PBS Books’ Trailblazing American Women Writers series during National Poetry Month.



Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge

In an online discussion of his book Red Alert! hosted by the Library on March 10, 2021, Haskell Indian Nations University’s Daniel Wildcat offered an avenue of response to climate change: Apply Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to the strategy for rescuing our ecologically distressed planet. Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, is a professor in the Indigenous & American Indian Studies program at Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and co-author of two other books, including Power and Place: Indian Education in America

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The Library's Dial-A-Story service presents a series of narrated Native American Heritage Month books; to listen to the latest story, dial 816.701.3456, or visit and listen online!


Monday, Nov. 8  and Tuesday, Nov. 9

Raccoon's Last Race: A Traditional Abenaki Story
Authors Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac
Illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Thursday, Nov 11
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
Kevin Noble Maillard
Illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal

Friday, Nov. 12,  Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday Nov 14
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
Joseph Bruchac & James Bruchac
Illustrations by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

Research Resources


American Indian Histories and Cultures

Spanning four centuries and covering North and Central America, American Indian Histories and Cultures presents unique materials from one of the finest archival collections on American Indian history and culture available – the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago. From early contacts between European settlers and American Indians and the subsequent political, social and cultural effects of those encounters on American Indian life, these materials tell both the historical and the personal stories of the colonization of the Americas.