Native American Heritage Month is observed in November to call attention to the culture, traditions, and achievements of the nation’s original inhabitants and of their descendants.
The official designation of November as National Native American Heritage Month was signed into law in 1990. Watch this vidoe about Chief Standing Bear. In the 1870s and ’80s, Chief Standing Bear’s declaration of his humanity in a powerful courtroom speech established him as one of the nation’s earliest civil rights heroes who is starting to gain visibility in the 21st Century.
To read more about Chief Standing Bear's case in 1879 click here.