Sunday, November 1, 2020

Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month

updated 11/13/2021

VOANews: Native Americans Seek to Raise Awareness of their History

In 1990 then-President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution declaring November "National American Indian Heritage Month," and it's been observed ever since. VOA's Alex Yanevskyy visited the Museum of Natural History in Utah on a day when Native American heritage was being celebrated.

Native American Leaders who passed during 2021
  • 11/30/2020 Eddie Benton-Banai, 89, Ojibwe-Anishinabe, civil rights activist (American Indian Movement).
  • 12/20/2020 Hank Adams, 77, Assiniboine-Sioux, civil rights activist.
  • 01/02/2021 Carrie Dann, 88, Western Shoshone, indigenous rights activist and spiritual leader.
  • 02/02/2021 Albert Hale, 70, Navajo, politician, President of the Navajo Nation (1995–1998), member of the Arizona House of Representatives (2011–2017) and Senate (2004–2011), COVID-19.
  • 04/10/2021 LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, 64, Dakota-Lakota, historian and Native American rights activist (Dakota Access Pipeline protests)
  • 08/06/2021 Rita Pitka Blumenstein, 84–85, Yup'ik traditional healer.
  • 09/02/2021 Ruth Bradley Holmes, 96, American polyglot, Cherokee linguist, and educator.
  • 10/13/2021 Earl Old Person, 92, Blackfeet-Amskapi’Piikáni, chief and Montana politician.

NEW for 2021:
More Resources:
US Citizenship Podcast

VOA News: Voice of America and VOA Learning English 
  • These are recent stories and videos; search for more stories and videos.  
  • After each story or video, try to ask and answer an appropriate USCIS Civics question.
  1. #DearNonNatives: What Native Americans Want Non-Natives To Know
  2. #NotInvisible: Why Are Native American Women Vanishing?
  3. Advocates Seek Justice for Abused Native American Women
  4. All About America Blog: Stunning Photos Capture Native Americans in Early 1900s
  5. American Indian Charter School Wins Approval in Oklahoma
  6. Are Federal Courts Harsher on Native American Offenders?
  7. Art Thrives Among Hunters, Fishers in Northernmost Alaska
  8. Bear Dance | VOA Connect
  9. Becoming a Social Worker
  10. Blackfeet Boxing Documentary Casts Light on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women 2020
  11. Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day Gains National Approval
  12. Drums of Community Beats for Native-American Grads
  13. Educators Try New Methods to Save American Indian Languages
  14. English Words Borrowed From the Americas
  15. For Native American Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors, Justice is Elusive
  16. Goodbye Pocahontas: Photos Reveal Today’s True Native Americans
  17. Google Honors First Native American Woman Engineer
  18. Lakota Daughters (2020)
  19. Lawmakers Propose New Ways to Help Native American Women
  20. Lost Birds: Displaced, Adopted Native Americans Look to Find Their Way Home
  21. Mapping the Missing: Cartographer Plots Disappeared Native Women
  22. Many Native Americans, Citing History, Angry Over Trump Immigration Policy
  23. Massachusetts Tribe Reclaims Language Not Spoken for Six Generations
  24. Mattaponi Tribe's Pow Wow a Time of Celebration & Giving Thanks
  25. Native American Journalists Debate Future of Media in Indian Country
  26. Native American Pow Wows Celebrate Patriotism, Unity
  27. Native American Rodeo: More Than Sport, It’s ‘A Way Out’
  28. Native American Tribe Battles to Keep Land
  29. Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage
  30. Native Americans Call for Rethinking of Bering Strait Theory
  31. Native Americans No Closer to Learning Fates of Boarding School Ancestors
  32. Native Americans Played Pivotal Role in the First Thanksgiving 
  33. Native Americans Say Law That Protects Children at Risk
  34. Native Americans Seek to Raise Awareness of their History
  35. Native Americans Work to Break Down Barriers to Voting
  36. Navajo Nation Marks 150th Anniversary of Bosque Redondo Treaty
  37. NEH Funds Native American Cultural Projects
  38. New Mexico Democrat Poised to Become First Native American Congresswoman
  39. New Exhibit Examines Native American Imagery in US Culture
  40. Rare Horse Breed Revived for Choctaw Nation
  41. Record Number of Native American Women to Run in 2018 Midterm Polls
  42. Report: US News Media Part of the Problem in Misunderstanding Native Americans
  43. Rise in Hate Crimes Alarms Native American Communities
  44. Separating Myth and Fact About Pocahontas
  45. Squanto: From Slave to Diplomat
  46. The REDress Project Highlights Missing, Murdered Native American Women
  47. This is America: Visiting Sacred Grounds in National Park Monuments
  48. Traditional Samoan Tattoo Ritual
  49. US Supreme Court Deems Half of Oklahoma a Native American Reservation (2020)
  50. US Rules Descendants of Cherokees' Former Slaves Have Full Tribal Rights
  51. Utah Monument Fight Reflects National Debate
  52. Water, Stone and History in Navajo Land
  53. Whales Revered as Center of Alaska Inupiat Life
  54. Why Aren't More Native Americans Members of the US Congress?
  55. VOA News Videos About Native American Culture and News

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