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Indigenous Peoples’ Month is celebrated each November. During the month, it’s a time to honor the stories, traditions and culture of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities. This month and every month, we celebrate the culture and heritage of these Americans.

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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (Evanston, IL)
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, located in Evanston, Illinois, is one of a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the histories, cultures, traditions, and arts of Indigenous people from the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1977, the museum has become a cherished resource and education center committed to promoting a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and serving as a space to celebrate their diverse cultures, rich histories, and present-day experiences and contributions.

Get 2 free admissions with the Library’s Museum Pass Program. Click here. 

National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian)
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

Land Acknowledgement Statement
Learn about land acknowledgement statements here and about who used to live on Forest Park land.

Native Land Digital
An Indigenous-led nonprofit based in Canada, is working to facilitate such conversations and document history including by putting together a searchable map of Native territories, languages and treaties.

Library of Congress images and photos
Selected images represent the historical experiences and achievements of indigenous peoples across North America. A formal celebration of Native American heritage occurs each year in the United States in November. Unless otherwise noted, the images here are from the Prints & Photographs Division.

Local Community Groups


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