News and Notes: Native American Heritage Month

New York State Education Department

(WNY News Now) –New York State Education Department Commissioner Betty A. Rosa issued a statement on education during Native American Heritage Month.

New York –

Dear Colleagues,
Commissioner Betty A. Rosa
Though the weather is cooling down, I’m sure things are heating up in the classroom with both you and your students hard at work. This month, November, is Native American Heritage Month. We are celebrating by sharing educational resources from the Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and the Smithsonian to help students learn about Native American history and traditions. Students can also learn about the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contemporary lives of Native people with the “Native Knowledge 360° Education Initiative,” a feature from the National Museum of the American Indian.

To highlight Native American Heritage Month, the New York State Museum is honoring the cultural heritage, diverse histories, and continuing contributions of Native people. The Museum created a dedicated Native American Heritage Month web page with many resources to explore, including highlights from the Museum’s collections, featured videos, online exhibitions, educator guides, a list of events happening statewide, and much more. I encourage you to take a look at the special programming and educational materials that are available to help celebrate Native American Heritage Month with your students.


Betty A. Rosa

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