Native Americans

Illustration of hand pointing up while surrounded by balloons and confetti (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Firsts from the 2018 elections

Among the winners in the 2018 election are the first female Native American representatives to Congress. See some of the other history makers elected to office.
Collage of drawings of people and activities overlaid with quote from Yo-Yo Ma (State Dept.)

Celebrate diversity with this free poster

Diversity enriches society in many ways. This free poster pays tribute to the importance of diversity in the workplace, school and other areas.
Russian Orthodox crosses standing in a field in front of a church (Shutterstock)

In Alaska, linguists preserve Russian dialect

Preservers are at work in the sleepy Alaskan village of Ninilchik, where elderly residents speak a Russian dialect frozen in time, unchanged since 1847.
Students looking at teacher holding solar panels (Josh Bauer/Dept. of Energy)

Students flourish in programs that boost tribal communities

Native American culture and traditions are passed down at colleges operated by American Indian tribes with support from the U.S. government.
Brightly colored painting depicting people on horseback (© Danita Delimont/Alamy)

These words and names come from Native Americans

Many words in American English are borrowed from Native American languages. Learn the origins of words commonly used for all sorts of things and places.
Man arranging food on a plate behind a food service counter, with buffalo hide on wall behind him (© Carol Guzy)

Teaching visitors about Native American cuisine

Curious about Native American cultures? Then visiting a restaurant dedicated to Native foods should be on your agenda, says a prominent Navajo chef.
Woman wearing elaborate headdress and leather dress (© David Gaussoin and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture)

Native American fashion now: Pushing boundaries

Today's Native American fashion and jewelry designers are taking their place in the fashion industry, while redefining what "Native" is — or isn't.
Man pointing at large rock formation (© AP Images)

New national monuments named in two Western states

President Obama designated two national monuments on lands in Utah and Nevada, protecting archaeological sites, dinosaur tracks and fragile ecologies.
A woman sitting on the ground (© Carlotta Cardana/The Red Road Project)

The Red Road Project: Native Americans tell their stories

The Red Road Project portrait series by photographer Carlotta Cardana and writer Danielle SeeWalker aims to dispel misconceptions about Native Americans.