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Native American Heritage Month  
At the turn of the 20th Century, there was an effort made to gain a day of recognition for the contributions American Indians and Alaska Natives made to the establishment and growth of the United States.
 
Dr. Arthur C. Parker promoted an American Indian Day and he persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans.”
 
The first American Indian Day declared by a state was in the state of New York in 1916. A month-long recognition of Native Americans was not achieved until 1990. In that year, President George Bush declared the first National American Indian Heritage Month on August 3. His action was based on legislation presented by Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Congressional Delegate Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa). 
 
Resources:
Celebration Toolkits  (pdf)
 
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American Indian Heritage Foundation 
American Indian Heritage Month 
American Indian historic places 
American Indian Policy Center
National Museum of the American Indian 
Native American resources on the Internet 
Native Americans in the U.S. military 
NativeTech:  Native American technology and art