National Native American Heritage Month 2020

November is National Native American Heritage Month.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Visit the FCPS LibGuide for National Native American Heritage Month

drawing of Sharice DavidsSharice Davids

Tribal Affiliation: Ho-Chunk

Sharice Davids is an attorney and former mixed-martial artist who serves as the U.S. Representative from Kansas. She made history in her political career as one of the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress and was the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to U.S. Congress from Kansas.

drawing of Tommy OrangeTommy Orange

Tribal Affiliations: Cheyanne, Arapaho

Tommy Orange's debut novel There There challenges the notion of limiting Native American culture to an antiquated context by exploring a contemporary reality. Set in Oakland, California, his book shares the urban life experiences of several Indigenous Americans. It earned numerous awards and was one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018.

drawing of Irene BedardIrene Bedard

Tribal Affiliations: Cree, Iñupiaq Eskimo

Irene Bedard has been an actress and voice-over actress for more than two decades, and her filmography catalog contains more than 40 works. She is best known as the speaking voice and physical model for the title character in Disney’s animated film Pocahontas. She is also known for her role as Suzy Song in the film Smoke Signals.

drawing of Mary Golda RossMary Golda Ross

Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee

Mary Golda Ross was a woman of many firsts. She was the first known Native American female engineer, the first female engineer in the history of Lockheed, and one of 40 founding engineers in the “space race” top-secret think tank responsible for planning space exploration in the late 1940s. Much of her work is still classified today.