Places To Take Your Students During Native American Heritage Month

Historical Sites and Museums

November is Native American Heritage Month, widely recognized by learning communities, cultural centers, and the public as a time to reflect on Native American history and celebrate Native American culture. It’s important to dedicate class time to the observance, and give your students an opportunity to learn about Native American people, culture, and history. There are many ways to do this — through art, literature, film, conversations with people in the community, and more. If your school has available resources, you might also explore taking your students to a nearby museum or historical site to learn about Native Americans. To help, we’ve gathered a list of just a few of the many places that could serve as a powerful learning experience for your students:

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York and D.C.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian, North Carolina

Mese Verde National Park, Colorado

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, New Mexico

Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana

Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska

Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage, Florida

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Ohio

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa

Heard Museum, Arizona

These are only a select few of the many national parks, monuments, museums, and festivals across the country dedicated to Native American history and culture. Did we miss a site that you plan to take your students, or that you would recommend for other educators? Comment below!