Date(s) - 11/30/2020
For National Native American Heritage Month, we want to acknowledge the heritage, culture, and experience of indigenous peoples both historically and in American life today.
America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. November is designated as National Native American Heritage Month, to honor the history, heritage, traditions, and contemporary way of life of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
In Maryland, there is the Baltimore American Indian Center (BAIC) which is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1968 with a mission to “assist and support American Indian and Alaskan Native families moving into an urban environment and adjusting to the culture change they will experience.” Following WWII, the neighborhood surrounding BAIC became populated predominantly by American Indians and was referred to as “the Reservation”. While BAIC was founded by Lumbee Tribal Members, the Center is open to Native community members from all tribes and nations. To support the Native American community, BAIC provided services that included education, skills trainings, workforce development, child care, afterschool arts, and seniors programs, as well as health and healing services.
Let’s commemorate the month by learning more about Maryland’s indigenous populations by visiting the Library of Congress online. The library is a great place for resources that can and will take you on a journey.