Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
- From 2010 to 2020, the American Indian and Alaska Native population in combination increased by 160%.
- As of 2022, there are 324 federally recognized American Indian reservations in the U.S.
- Currently, there are 574 federally recognized AI/AN tribes, and several tribes are recognized at the individual state level.
Native American Heritage Month, observed every November in the United States, celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).
Through its demonstration grants, OMH continues to invest in AI/AN-focused projects and organizations, including:
- Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity
- Framework to Address Health Disparities through Collaborative Policy Efforts: Coordinating Center and Demonstration Projects
- Family-Centered Approaches to Improving Type 2 Diabetes Control and Prevention
- State/Tribal/Territorial Partnership Initiative to Document and Sustain Disparity-Reducing Interventions
- Youth Engagement in Sports (YES) Initiative
This Native American Heritage Month, OMH will:
- Bring awareness to its policies, practices, programs, and practices aimed at advancing health equity for AI/AN populations.
- Provide information on key AI/AN health topics and the socio-economic factors, or social determinants of health (SDOH), that contribute to health disparities in AI/AN communities.
- Share resources from federal and non-federal partners to help build healthier and stronger AI/AN communities.
Visit the OMH Knowledge Center online catalog for publications and resources that analyze overall health disparities existing within the AI/AN community.
Get Involved in Native American Heritage Month
Create your own Native American Heritage Month graphic with OMH’s template!
Use OMH’s template for your Native American Heritage Month webinars and presentation!
Access federal and non-federal resources that offer support and information relevant to the AI/AN populations.
Share key messages developed by OMH and its federal and non-federal partners to bring awareness to AI/AN communities.
Check out OMH’s blogs that address state, tribal, territorial, and community-based efforts to reduce health disparities in AI/AN populations.
About Native American Heritage Month
The observance we know as Native American Heritage Month has had many names. In 1915, Reverend Sherman Coolidge, an Arapaho minister, declared it “American Indian Day.” In 1990, President George H. W. Bush expanded the observance and declared it “National American Indian Heritage Month.”
Since 1994, similar proclamations, under variants on the name—including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”—have been issued each year. Read this year’s Proclamation on Native American Heritage Month from President Joe Biden.