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Native American Heritage Month 2022

Native American Heritage Month 2022

Native Pride, Honoring Indigenous Culture

November is Native American Heritage Month. Santa Monica College Library celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of Native Americans. In this guide, you will find a selection of resources that honor the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the United States. 

Notable Native Americans

United States Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland. She is the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. 

Harkin Lucero, Jr: A celebrated professional artist and sculptor, photographed in Pueblo, Colorado, at a gathering of Native People.

Susan La Flesche Picotte portrait

Susan La Flesche Picotte - First Native American female doctor in the U.S.

Sacheen Littlefeather: Actress and activist who declined Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Award for “The Godfather” on his behalf in an indelible protest of Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans.

Lakota Sioux Chief Tatanka Iyotake, known to the English-speaking world as Sitting Bull.

Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) is one of the nation’s leading photographers, based in the Pacific Northwest.

Geronimo (Goyathlay), a Chiricahua Apache, was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Ndendahe Apache people.

Nicole Aunapu Mann became the first Native American woman Astronaut to travel to space.

Jim Thorpe a.k.a. Wa-Tho-Huk (meaning Bright Path) was a Native American athlete, actor, and humanitarian.