National Native American Heritage Month

Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Every year since 1990, Americans have celebrated National Native American Heritage month (NNAHM) a time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of those who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States. The month of November serves as a time to educate ourselves and our community about Indigenous People, raise awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and learn how their cultural values, perspectives, and knowledge contribute to society. Many of the foods, medicines and remedies we use today were introduced by Indigenous People, and Native American innovations in areas such as mathematics and government greatly influenced our culture.  In recognition of their continuous contributions, this month we examine ITEST projects that have developed innovative STEM educational experiences with native populations, helping to inspire their youth to pursue STEM careers.