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Native American Heritage Day: November 24, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.165

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10667—National Native American Heritage Month, 2023

“During National Native American Heritage Month, we recognize the invaluable contributions of Native peoples that have shaped our country and honor the hundreds of Tribal Nations who continue exercising their inherent sovereignty as vital members of the overlapping system of governments in the United States. We also recommit to supporting Tribal sovereignty; upholding the Federal Government's solemn trust and treaty responsibilities; and working in partnership with Tribal Nations to advance prosperity, dignity, and safety for all Native peoples.

“Since time immemorial, Native communities have passed down rich cultures, knowledge, traditions, and ways of life. But throughout our history, Native peoples' cultures, identities, and governments were not always seen as a part of this Nation but as a threat to it. Native people were pressured to assimilate, banned from practicing their traditions and sacred ceremonies, and forced from their homes and ancestral homelands. This violence and devastation cost countless lives, tore families apart, and caused lasting damage to Tribal communities and institutions.

“Despite centuries of violence and oppression, Native peoples remain resilient and proud. Today, Native Americans are essential to the fabric of the United States. They serve in the United States Armed Forces at higher rates than any other ethnic group. They continue to steward so many of our great lands. Their contributions to science, humanities, arts, public service, and more have brought prosperity for all of us. Their diverse cultures and communities continue to thrive and lead us forward.”

Note: Click on either image above for the full, high-resolution wall maps in PDF format.

Key Stats

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division 

Note: The table above is cropped to highlight the totals at the top. Click on the image for the breakdowns for Not Hispanic, Hispanic, mal, and female.

More Stats

Note: The screen grab above is set to show the group American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination population. Click on the image and select from the “Group” drop down. The list includes American Indian and Alaska Native alone and American Indian and Alaska Native in combination populations.

From Our Surveys & Programs / Geography Program:

Source: 2017-2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates

Note: The data tool above is set to the Navajo Nation Reservation in Arizona. Click on the image for the fully interactive webpage and to enter names of other tribal areas or states.

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Page Last Revised - November 21, 2023
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