Wednesday, November 19, 2008

American Indian Heritage Month

Back in 1620, the Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower and tried to get a colony started in Massachusetts. It's a story we all know. And most of us know that if it hadn't been for some helpful American Indians in the area, chances are every English Pilgrim would have ended up meager rations for local wolves.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we celebrate the contribution of American Indians to the founding, survival and flourishing of the United States. The impact of this contribution is often overlooked, but should never be forgotten.

The Library of Congress always does it up right...take a look at their links and educational resources regarding the history and accomplishements of American Indians!

The Smithsonian Institute has a great website for American Indian Heritage Month, with links to information and updates on events nationwide. Affiliated with the National Museum of the American Indian.

The National Park Service keeps many sites of interest to those wanting to know about American Indians safe and intact.

The Louisiana Governor's Office has an Office of Indian Affairs. The office has a list of recognized tribes.

The United Houma Nation is the state-recognized (though not yet federally recognized) tribe from which the City of Houma takes her name.

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