University Libraries at The University of Akron is celebrating National Native American Heritage Month by highlighting select print books, streaming videos, eBooks, and streaming audio from our collections. In the spirit of acknowledging and celebrating inclusive stories, we invite you to learn about the lives and experiences of Native American authors, composers, characters, and historical figures by exploring the resources we've highlighted on this guide. If you're on campus during November please stop by and visit our display at Bierce Library.
November is National Native American Heritage Month-Since 1990, Congress has authorized an annual presidential proclamation that designates November as National American Indian Heritage Month to encourage all people to learn about the contributions and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the North American continent. Such recognition, however, dates back further with state and organizational recognition of Indigenous peoples days and commemorations occurring at the turn of the twentieth century. For example, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian and co-founder of the Society of American Indians in 1911, organized American Indian Day beginning in 1915. More recently, Columbus Day, which is recognized on the second Monday of October, has been reclaimed in cities across the United States as Indigenous People's Day*.