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National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month takes place each November and is a great way to celebrate the traditions and cultures of the first Americans. salutes the rich history and culture of the American Indian tribes with games, books, activities, and fun!

Explore the following:

  • Fun activities — Find great books about American Indians and Alaska Natives that all ages can enjoy. Explore language with fun word games.
  • Information — Learn many ways to help your English language learners (ELLs) get ahead with our selected resources.
  • Ready-to-use resources — From webcasts & podcasts to toolkits, these resources help PreK-12 educators.
  • More resources — Find links to other organizations and resources to help you celebrate American Indian Heritage Month.

Fun activities


Share a great kid's book

Find books about/by American Indians and Alaska Natives that highlight many special aspects of different indigenous cultures.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Send an e-card

Take a look at this beautiful e-card from Reading Rockets featuring artwork from Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message!

In this poignant and graceful picture book, Chief Jake Swamp gives thanks to Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants for sharing their rare and precious gifts.

Reading tip sheet in Navajo

Now available in Navajo

Our tips for parents offer easy ways for parents to help kids become successful readers. Although we've divided these tips by age, many of them can be used with children at various ages and stages.

Five fun sheets

Five fun sheets

Print out these activity sheets to encourage kids to have fun with words and letters! Simply click on the PDF files below to download, read, or print the activity sheets. You'll need Acrobat Reader to do so (most computers already have it installed or you can download it from


From the Heart

Meet Navajo Educator Delores Noble-Parker

Delores Noble-Parker grew up in the Navajo Nation in the Southwestern United States. In this interview with Colorín Colorado she shares some of her current experiences teaching Navajo.

Ready-to-use resources

* To view this file, you'll need a copy of Acrobat Reader. Most computers already have it installed. If yours does not, you can download it now.