Celebrating Diversity at Bridle Path

Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, When President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week". In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month". Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.

 

Here are a Few Fun Facts... Did you know?

  1. As of 2019, 2% of the US population identified as American Indian or Alaska Native, which is around 6 million Americans. 

  2. More than 27,000 people who identify as American Indian currently live in Pennsylvania. 

  3. The states with the largest Native American population are: Arizona, California and Oklahoma.

  4. The two largest Native American tribes are Cherokee Nation and Navajo Nation.

  5. Hammock, barbecue and chocolate are three common words that come from Native American languages. 

  6. The PBS Show, Molly of Denali, is the first to feature a Native American lead.