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The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.

American Indian Heritage Month

At the beginning of the 20th century, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, began an effort to establish an American Indian Day. Parker, who was director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York, first turned to the Boy Scouts of America for help. The organization agreed to set aside a day to honor native heritage.

American Indian Heritage Month began in 1990. That's when President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution designating November as a time to recognize and celebrate the country's native heritage.

Scholastic Kid Reporters have put together a collection ofstories and interviews to highlight American Indian Heritage. Check back throughout November for new stories, including coverage of a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by President Barack Obama, an interview with accomplished artist Kay Walkingstick who won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award at the beginning of her career, and more!

Articles

The Origins of Lacrosse
The Origins of Lacrosse
by Ellie Sommers
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November16,2011
Lacrosse is a sport that has grown in popularity in recent years, especially with kids. But the sport is one that has been around for a long time. The Native American tribe known as the Iroquois created lacrosse centuries ago.
A Celebration of Native American Heritage
A Celebration of Native American Heritage
by Grace Ybarra
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November16,2011
The National Powwow started in 1969 and happens every three years in cities across the United States. This year, National Powwow XV was held in Danville, Indiana, on July 6-9 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.
Chief Bearheart Teaches
Chief Bearheart Teaches
by Joseph O'Connor
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November17,2010
Modern technology brought the past into the present to talk about the future when Kid Reporter Joseph O'Connor interviewed Perdido Bay Tribe of the Creek Indians Chief Bobby Johns Bearheart via Skype.
Stand Up, Be Proud
Stand Up, Be Proud
by Joseph O'Connor
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November13,2009
Kid Reporter Joseph O'Connor talks to Brooklyn-based artist Kay Walkingstick about how she uses her Cherokee Ho-Chunk heritage to create works of art.
Native American Top Golfer
Native American Top Golfer
by Ethan White
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November11,2009
Notah Begay III is the first Native American member of the PGA. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Begay lived on a reservation until he was 7 years old. He is Navajo/Pueblo Indian.
A Visit to Plimoth Plantation
A Visit to Plimoth Plantation
by Chloe Conway
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November12,2009
Kid Reporter Chloe Conway is given a tour of the Plimoth Plantation by Tahlia Jackson, a 12-year-old Wampanoag girl, and her family. Tahlia talked about the Wampanoag culture in the 17th century.
Historic Tribal Nations Meeting
Historic Tribal Nations Meeting
by Alexandra Zhang
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November9,2009
More than 400 Native American representatives from 564 tribal nations in the U.S. gathered at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., last week. President Obama served as host to the largest-ever Tribal Nations Conference.
Artist Brian Jungen
Artist Brian Jungen
by Nick Berray
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October27,2009
Brian Jungen's Indian heritage is that of the Canadian Dunne-Za First Nations. He is also the first living artist to have his work displayed at the Smithsonians' American Indian museum.
The Art of Brian Jungen
The Art of Brian Jungen
by Nick Berray
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November2,2009
Take a virtual tour of artist Brian Jungen's exhibit at the Museum of the American Indian.
Pocahontas Book Review
Pocahontas Book Review
by Maya Kandell
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October27,2009
Kid Reporter Maya Kandell explains how this book gives an amazingly detailed account of the story of Pocahontas and of Jamestown, and is likely to interest anyone hungry for knowledge.
The Puzzle of Pocahontas
The Puzzle of Pocahontas
by Maya Kandell
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | November11,2009
Auhtor George Sullivan talks to Kid Reporter Maya Kandell about writing his book about Pocahontas.
Native American Influence
Native American Influence
by Lisa Saunders
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April30,2007
On the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, we remember how essential Native Americans were to helping the first European settlers survive their stay in the New World.

Resources

Sounds of the Taino
Sounds of the Taino
Scholastic News Online | The Taino are the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, and they were the predominant inhabitants when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean Islands in 1492. The people and culture of the Taino are still alive today.
Native American Heritage Activity Set
Native American Heritage Activity Set
This activity set explores some of the contributions Native Americans have made -- and continue to make -- to the culture, tradition, and history of our nation.
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