National Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
Western NY is home to nearly 1000 years of Seneca Indian History. The Seneca Nation of Indians is one of the original five nations of Upstate New York’s Iroquois Confederacy.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 23rd to November 30th as “American Indian Week.” However, following the advocacy of Native Leaders in the U.S. President George H.W, Bush passed a bill with Congress, declaring “National American Indian Heritage Month” as a month-long celebration in November.
This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of the Indigenous population and the obstacles they have faced historically and still face in the present day as well. This is an inspiring month that allows for education and enables all Americans to understand the history of their nation more.
Events and Activities around Western New York
Visit the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum
82 W Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779
2022 Native American Music Awards
Sat, Nov 19
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Admission starts t: $65
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino • 310 4th St, Niagara Falls 14303