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Monthly Native American Observances

Black Indians, African American History Month

A place of belonging. A true sense of home.

All people share this desire. For those of dual African American and Native American heritage, this powerful sense of home has been difficult to find. Because they have not fit into society’s established racial categories, they’ve been denied a true sense of belonging.

Despite this challenge, the life experiences of African-Native American peoples have become a vital part of our American identity. Faced with centuries of government policies and laws that systematically oppressed and excluded them, they came together to find creative and effective ways to fight back. They established new, blended communities that drew strength from sharing traditions and philosophies. And, for more than 500 years, with their music, dance, craft, and food, African-Native Americans developed deeply rich cultural expressions that made an indelible mark on American life. (National Museum of the American Indian Press Release for IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas)

Notable Black Indians…


Black Indians: An American Story film by Rich Heape

Cover of the book Black Indian

Resources from the American Indian Resource Library

Explore our collection of African-Native American books and resources.

Read inspiring interviews and articles and listen to podcasts.