Native American Heritage Day

Native American Heritage Day takes place on Friday, November 26, 2021. This day of celebration actually occurs at the end of Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Heritage Day 2021

Native American Heritage Month states that the Congress of the American Indian officially determined to move forward with plans for American Indian Day in 1915. An Arapahoe man named Rev. Sherman Coolidge, was directed to ask the United States to set aside this day in observance of Native American Heritage. Additionally, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, who had Seneca heritage, directed the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York. Through his leadership and persistence, the Boy Scouts of America began to honor this day.

According to Native American Heritage Month, Red Fox James from the Blackfoot tribe, is said to have ridden his horse from state to state “seeking approval for a day to honor Indians.” While he showed up to the White House with 24 state endorsements, there is no record of this day being honored.

President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution stating that November of 1990 would be “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar resolutions have been declared each year since 1994.

Historically, Native American Heritage Day has been celebrated in May, September, and in November. Right now, many states have declared Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.


Concordia’s Native American Heritage Day resources

To help you honor the histories, cultures, contributions of Native Americans, Concordia University Ann Arbor is sharing our resource list for further study. Remember that you can study these resources all year, not just during the month of November.

Open-access digital resources


Ebooks available to CUAA students, faculty, & staff

I Am Where I Come From: Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories

By: Melanie Benson Taylor and K. Tsianina Lomawaima

Cornell University Press

Reserve it here.


Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures

By: Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Reserve it here.


Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders

By: J. Kehaulani Kauanui and Robert Warrior

University of Minnesota Press

Reserve it here.


American Indian Health and Nursing

By: Margaret P. Moss

Springer Publishing

Reserve it here.


Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art

By: Denise K. Cummings

Michigan State University Press

Reserve it here.


Available at Concordia University Ann Arbor’s Library

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

By: Dee Brown

E 81. B75


Roots and Branches: A Resource of Native American Literature

By: Dorothea M. Susag

PS 153 .I52 S87


Encyclopedia of Native American Artists

By: Deborah Everett

Display N 6538 .A4 E94 2008


We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

By: Traci Sorell

Juv 975.4 S657 We


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

By: Kevin Noble Maillard

Coming soon to the library


The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

By: Sarah Augustine

Coming soon to the library


Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way

By:  Richard Twiss

Coming soon to the library


First Nations Version, An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament

By: Terry M. Wildman

Coming soon to the library


Decolonizing Evangelicalism, An 11:59 p.m. Conversation

By: Randy S. Woodley and Bo C. Sanders

Coming soon to the library

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