Native American/Indigenous People's Heritage Month

November is Native American/ Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month

Celebrate with your students!

Resources for Your Classroom

Grand Ronde Tribal Education resources including Tribal History Curriculum for 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grade. 

Indigenous Library: Click the link, then click books for read aloud (YouTube) links.

More Book Lists 

Indigenous/Native Heritage Month slideshow Slideshow (best for K-5)

Huge repository of Resources curated with respect on the traditional lands of the Ramaytush, Ohlone, and Muwekma, by Kim Oliff, Nov. 2020.

Resources for teaching about Thanksgiving and Columbus Day

National Museum of the American Indian: Educator link with lesson plans including one on Thanksgiving

Zinn Education Project: Teaching People’s History


Acknowledge the Land we Stand on

We encourage you to add a land acknowledgement to your school routine. You can use this website to find what ancestral land your school is located on.

Making a land acknowledgement is taking time to recognize the tribes that once lived where our schools now sit. Information about land acknowledgements can be found here.  

Oregon Senate Bill 13: Tribal History/Shared History

Native Americans lived in this state long before it became Oregon. How can we teach youth about Oregon history without including the voice of Oregon’s Native American peoples – both past and present? This general lack of knowledge about Native American people extends to curricula - thus SB 13: Tribal History / Shared History. Currently, ODE includes required teaching about Native Americans in ODE’s Social Studies State Standards. Tribal History / Shared History will create opportunities to expand those requirements across multiple content areas.

ODE Tribal History Page

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Curriculum Resources

ODE Tribal History Profession Development Resources


Tribal History Shared History

Videos to Share with Students

Standing Strong | The Tribal Nations of Western Oregon

As part of the Oregon 150 celebration, this video tracing the history of Oregon tribes residing in the western part of the state was produced by the Western Oregon Tribal OR150 Committee. The video provides both a historical perspective, and current information on five of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. The western tribes in Oregon are: the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. Students studying Oregon history or teachers preparing classes on Oregon history will find this video very informative.

PBS Films: Native American Heritage Month

Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources from Public Television. 

Song: One Earth, One People, One Love  

Indigenous Peoples Day Song For Kids (ASL Sign Language Lesson Included)