From the environment to e-trade, Native Americans are taking great strides in the United States. In November, we celebrate the culture and contributions of the first Americans.
"As keepers of a
rich and ancient cultural heritage, Native Americans share with all of
us the beauty of their art, the power of their songs and the grace of
their people," President Clinton said in a National American Indian Heritage Month proclamation on November 9, 2000. "As individuals, they have distinguished themselves in
virtually every field, from the arts to the sciences, from the world of
sports to the world of commerce."
Explore the following sites for the latest news, issues, triumphs and tribulations of American Indians:
A Closer Look at...
Over the past 20 years, Native American issues and themes have popped up in all forms of literature. Discover titles written by and about Native American Indians, as well as an historical perspective on Native American media images.
Stereotypes of Native Americans
Learn how the Indian Head nickel, the Land o'Lakes Indian maiden and mascots of professional sports teams affect the people they represent.
The Native American organization First Nations attacks the president's failure to appoint a native person to the 1998 Presidential Conference on Race Relations committee.
Twentieth Century Warriors
Did you know that 44,000 American Indians served during World War II and 42,000 braved their lives during the Vietnam Era?
Contemporary Issues in Native American Art
Your sterling silver bracelet and earrings resemble Indian art. How can you tell whether they're the real deal? Learn how replicas are robbing Native Americans of their livelihood.
American Indian Heritage Foundation
Lists federally recognized tribunal groups and programs like Emergency Relief, Miss Indian USA and Eagle Awards. The site also offers an e-Trading post, resource library, and activism outlets.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Part of the US Department of the Interior, this site hosts an array of pursuits by Native Americans and the United States government. Learn more about offices of the department, issues and the environmental assessments of reservations. Statistics and maps are also available.
Find films, newspapers, journals and television at this helpful and well-organized site.
Run by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, this site is dedicated to the successful e-commerce of traditional Native American goods and the products of native-owned businesses. You'll find food, music, clothing and seasonal items.