November is National Native American Heritage Month and Spartanburg County Libraries are celebrating! This month-long national celebration highlights the history, diversity, traditions, and contributions of the many tribes that have lived on the continent for thousands of years. According to the National Congress of American Indians:
“There are 573 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) in the United States. Approximately 229 of these ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse nations are located in Alaska; the other federally recognized tribes are located in 35 other states. Additionally, there are state recognized tribes located throughout the United States recognized by their respective state governments.”
– Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction
We hope you will join us in celebrating by attending our programs, checking out library materials, or using our many online resources to learn more about the Native American people.