American Indian Heritage Month
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
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!