National Native American Heritage Month Posted on November 13th, 2023 by

Image of poster: Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity, 2023 National Native American Heritage Month

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November is National Native American Heritage Month, a month to “celebrate the traditions, languages and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation” (

Gustavus itself was built on lands belonging to the Dakota people. The campus has drafted several land acknowledgement statements, including this one:  Gustavus Adolphus College is located on the homelands of the Dakota people.  The Minnesota River and its watershed are sacred places; these waters and lands are interconnected with Dakota culture, language, creation stories, spiritual rites, livelihood, and sustenance. We seek to honor Dakota people by telling the truth about this history.

This year’s Native American Heritage Month theme is “Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity.” With this theme in mind, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a proclamation, stating “during Native Heritage Month, Minnesota honors vibrant and diverse Native American cultures by continuing our commitment to government-to-government relationships and promoting appreciation, reconciliation, understanding, friendship, and continued partnerships among all Minnesotans and the Native Peoples of this land.”

Resources in the Library: The Library provides resources for celebrating and learning about Native American Heritage in November – and throughout the year! A few examples:

Additional resources for Native American Heritage Month:

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