By the Numbers: History of Native American Heritage Month

A look at the fight to commemorate the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Americans.
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November is Native American Heritage Month. And this Friday is Native American Heritage Day. It's a time to celebrate the history, heritage, culture, and accomplishments of America's indigenous people. And tonight, we take a look at this commemoration by the numbers. More than a century ago in 1914, Red Fox James, the so-called Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor indigenous people. But a national day would only come decades later. In 1916, the governor of New York declared the first-- what was then called-- American Indian Day on record. And several individual states then followed suit. It wasn't until 1990 that President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994. The mass murder of Native Americans is, of course, one of America's original sins. And this is a time of somber reflection. But we also celebrate the 7.1 million American Indians and Alaska natives living in the US today, and their contributions to this country. And lastly, 574. That's the number of federally recognized Native American tribes, with many of their members living on the 324 Native American reservations across the country.

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