Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Each year, during the month of November, the Copyright Alliance celebrates Native American Heritage Month (American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month). Declared in 1990, Native American Heritage Month honors and celebrates the diverse history, heritage, and culture of Indigenous peoples, while grieving the unjust history and policies that continue to affect Tribal Nations today. On this page, we have gathered educational and anti-racism resources to assist in working towards a more equitable and promising future. We continue to learn from a painful history that informs our present times, and we continue to advocate for the rights of indigenous creators and artists.

The theme for Native American Heritage Month 2023 is “Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity.” At its core, tribal sovereignty represents the bedrock upon which Indigenous communities stand. It is an unyielding pillar that recognizes the inherent rights of tribes to self-governance, reflecting their power and abilities to govern, protect, and enhance the safety, health, and welfare of the citizens within their territory. This month offers an invaluable opportunity to delve into the diverse cultures of Indigenous and Native American tribes, fostering a greater understanding of the profound connection between tribal sovereignty and cultural identity. The Copyright Alliance invites you to celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2023 with our collection of blogs, articles, and resources below!  

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Blogs and Articles from 2023

Indigenous Anti-Racism Resources

The Copyright Alliance has also assembled additional creative and educational resources in support of the BIPOC community on our main BIPOC page.


Articles/Online Resources



Creators Highlighted during Native American Heritage Month

Listed below are several Indigenous creators who have contributed across a variety of artistic mediums, each serving as significant contributors to Native American and American culture.

Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New– Cherokee fashion designer and former Director of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) famous for his innovative and culturally inspired designs.

Post-Commodity– An interdisciplinary art collective featuring Cristóbal Martínez (Mestizo), and Kade L. Twist (Cherokee) who provide an Indigenous lens to the 21st century.

Elizabeth Marie Tallchief– Considered America’s first prima ballerina and the first American and Native American to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet.

We’wha, a Lhamana (Zuni Two Spirit)– A spiritual leader, cultural ambassador, and pottery and textile artist identifying as Two Spirit.

Lily Hope– An artist, teacher, and community facilitator who led the #WHYAKMASKSUP campaign educating and promoting mask wearing while supporting Alaskan Native artists.

Joan Hill– A widely celebrated 20th-century Native American painter who produced work in over 36 countries and received over 250 awards.

Maria Martinez– A Native American artist internationally acclaimed for her black-on-black pottery.

Nicholas Galanin– A multi-media artist and advocate rooted in his experiences as an Indigenous man and engaging with the past, present, and future.

Geo Neptune– A master basketmaker, drag queen, activist, educator, and two-spirit artist who is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe from Indian Township, ME.

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