Native Americans

Two people carrying reeds across field (© Quirina Luna Geary)

Preserving one Native American tribe’s language and culture

Meet Quirina Geary, a Northern California activist who is working to keep the Mutsun language alive by studying and teaching.
Joy Harjo standing behind lectern (© Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. poet Joy Harjo: ‘There’s a poem out there that can...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says that after a year of pandemic and racial tension, she finds comfort and lessons in poetry.
Collage showing portraits of 10 people (Multiple photo credits/Collage by National Heritage Fellowships)

Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

The U.S. government's highest honor for folk and traditional arts went to 10 fellows this year, who showcased their talents March 4. Learn more here.
People gathering around man pointing to papers (Library of Congress/Kimberly Powell)

The world’s largest library commits to diversity

The Library of Congress is diversifying its collection and engaging with communities of color with the help of a recent $15 million grant.
Graphic showing number of members of U.S. Congress broken down by political party (State Dept./Helen Efrem)

Shifts in the new U.S. Congress [infographic]

The 117th U.S. Congress broke a number of records, with more women and minorities representing districts and states around the country.
Man with one hand on chest while other men salute (© Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Unbreakable: Remembering the Navajo Code Talkers

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Learn about the Navajo Code Talkers, whose secret code helped end World War II.
Artist's rendering of new memorial (Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian)

Native American Veterans Memorial coming to Washington

In 2020, a new memorial will honor the stories and sacrifices of Native American soldiers and their families from across the United States.
Stained glass window with fish and sea animals (© Steve Skjold/Alamy)

The United States is a place of many religions

The United States is a country of many religions, a diversity that enriches society. Explore the story of religion in America in this gallery of images.
Portrait of dark-haired woman with long Indian-beadwork earrings (© Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Meet Joy Harjo, the new U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, playwright and musician, has been named the new U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress.