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Native American Heritage Month

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month", which has come to be commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. By either name it is a time of "recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S." The Library's collection is a great place to look for materials about Native Americans and their place in our country's history.

Almost a thousand years ago, a Native American city flourished along the Mississippi River near what is now St. Louis. Cahokia was a thriving metropolis at its height, with a population of 20,000, a sprawling central plaza, and scores of spectacular earthen mounds. The city gave rise to a new culture that spread across the plains-- yet by 1400 it had been abandoned, leaving only the giant mounds as monuments, and traces of its influence in tribes we know today. Here is the story of the city and its people as uncovered by American archaeologists. Their excavations have revealed evidence of a powerful society, including complex celestial timepieces, and the remains of feasts big enough to feed thousands.

Chronicles the history of Native American leaders and chiefs such as Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph, Geronimo, and Quanah Parker as well as the history of the six Native American nations of the Iroquois, the Seminoles, the Shawnee, the Navajo, the Cheyenne, and the Lakota Sioux.

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