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How to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

 

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the cultures of Native American people while recognizing their many contributions and sacrifices throughout our history and today.  While our president refuses to honor it and has even renamed November "Founders Month", we have listed 5 ways that we can all honor the heritage of the people native to our lands.

 

1) Support native-owned businesses and organizations. Make a donation or consider a holiday purchase from a native-owned business. Research locally, or find a short list here of suggestions: https://www.thegoodtrade.com/…/native-owned-brands-to-suppo…

2) Read native writers. Here’s a great list to get started: https://www.bookish.com/…/native-american-heritage-month-b…/

3) Stop appropriating native culture. Examine your language (especially words/phrases like “spirit animal” and “tribe”), your home decor, your clothing, and especially your or your children’s costumes to make sure you are not appropriating native culture in a disrespectful or inappropriate way. Not sure what that even means? Here’s a primer: https://everydayfeminism.com/…/honor-native-americans-with…/

4) Decolonize Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is an important holiday for many Americans to be with family and express their gratitude, the average Thanksgiving celebration does not acknowledge the bloodshed, terror, and violence that the holiday elicits for many Native Americans. Since 1970, a National Day Of Mourning on Thanksgiving Day has sought to draw attention to the genocide of millions of Native Americans under the banner of European colonization. Consider including an acknowledgment of this fuller picture of our collective history — including the parts often left out of history books — this month: http://www.uaine.org/

5) Take action for missing and murdered indigenous women. 4 out of 5 of Native women are affected by violence and the U.S Department of Justice found that American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average. Learn more and take action with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women: https://www.csvanw.org/mmiw/


1 comment

  • One tiny exception to an otherwise great article, I’m Jewish, and when we reference “tribe,” usually with The phrase “Member of the tribe,” we are referring to the 12 tribes of Israel. Just so you know that particular word can be used by more than one group. 😊

    Paige

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