American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Heritage
These books and classroom resources highlight American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian heritage and history, providing an opportunity to recognize, understand, and celebrate the traditions and cultures of Native peoples.
We encourage educators to look for ways to incorporate these materials — as well as discussion about Native Americans tribes and cultures — into your curriculum throughout the year!
Books & Authors
- Booklists for Kids: American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Heritage
- Booklists for Young Adults: American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Heritage
- Tips for Choosing Culturally Appropriate Books & Resources About Native Americans
Author video interviews
Poet Francisco Alarcón knows three languages: English, Spanish, and Nahuatl. Discover how this trilingual poet incorporates his grandmother's Nahuatl language into his works today and hear him read some of his poetry.
Resources for Families
Colorín Colorado’s new series of 8 tips for families is available in 16 languages, including Diné. These resources can be shared via tip sheet or social media graphics.
These reading tip sheets offers ideas for families of children in preschool through third grade.
This Q&A offers multilingual families an introduction to special education in schools. The tip sheet is available in 14 languages, including Diné.
In the classroom
Delores Noble-Parker grew up in the Diné (Navajo) Nation in the Southwestern United States. Her generation was in the middle of a massive cultural shift between the traditional Diné culture that predominantly spoke the Diné language and a modern culture trying to stamp out the language. In this interview, Noble-Parker draws upon her experience as a bilingual teacher and administrator to speak about her approaches for success in the classroom.
These research reports describe effective practices in the education of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students.
- Classroom videos from Clara Gonzales-Espinoza in Albuquerque, NM featuring Native students (5th-grade)
- Strategies for assessing and placing ELLs
- Best instructional practices for teaching vocabulary, reading, and content areas
- The Colorín Colorado T.ELL.E-GRAM, an e-newsletter especially for educators
- ELL Starter Kit for Educators with assessment and reading checklists, plus progress forms and more.
- Professional development webcasts on teaching ELLs, available for free, anytime.
Recommended resources and links
Check out these links to other sites with resources to help you celebrate American Indian Heritage.
- Native Knowledge 360 (Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
- American Indians in Children's Literature
- Wisdom of the Elders
Museums, educational centers, and organizations
- Alaska Native Heritage Center
- American Indian Heritage Month Schedule of Activities (Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
- National Register of Historic Places for American Indians (National Parks Service)
- Phoenix Indian Center
- Indian Health Service Heritage Site (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- American Indian Library Association
- National Indian Education Association