November is Native American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of our People and to acknowledge and honor the historic and significant contributions that have been made to our Nation. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate yourselves about local tribes and Native organizations, to raise awareness about the unique challenges our People have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which our People have worked to conquer these challenges.

We hope you will acknowledge Native American Heritage Month this year. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Participate in one of many virtual events that will be taking place;
  • Read the work of Native American authors;
  • ‘Decolonize’ your Thanksgiving dinner (put away Native American decorations and tropes, introduce Native dishes to the dinner table and engage in conversations about Native American history with dinner guests); and/or
  • Support Native-owned businesses and charities.  (Should your heart speak…..you can start by making a gift to the Mass. Center for Native American Awareness ) [https://www.mcnaa.org/donate]

Thank you, Marshunda Smith, for sharing this incredible information with us!