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Native American Heritage Month

Celebrating Native American history and culture during November

Local Tribal Nations

The Inland Northwest is home to many Indigenous tribal nations. Those nearest to Spokane Community College include:

Spokane Tribe of Indians -- One of the Interior Salish speaking tribes, the Spokane ancestors inhabited much of northeastern Washington as river people, living a semi-nomadic way of life and hunting, fishing, and gathering all the Creator had made available to them. Today, their primary government operations are located in Wellpinit, Washington with a citizen population of approximately 2,900 enrolled members. (Source: Spokane Tribe of Indians: History)

Kalispel Tribe of Indians -- The Kalispel Indian Reservation is located in Usk, Washington with 470 members. It is “ntxwe”, the Pend Oreille River, that binds one end of the Kalispel country to the other, some 200 miles in length. Their rich tradition of cultural pride, working together and nurturing children with today's emphasis of education, health care and employment ensures a strong future for their people. (Source: Kalispel Tribe of Indians : Our Story)

Coeur d'Alene Tribe -- In their ancient language, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is called Schitsu’umsh, meaning “Those who were found here.” For centuries, their people camped the shores of the lakes and streams, rode canoes across their waters, and walked the forests and mountains of what is now North Idaho and Eastern Washington. Today, they have 2,190 members. (Source: Coeur d'Alene Tribe : History)

Other Tribes throughout Washington State -- The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website contains links to all Native Tribes throughout Washington State. The website also includes Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State, which is required learning in K-12 public schools throughout Washington.

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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is often called in the United States, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. During November, the United States pays tribute to the ancestry and traditions of its Native people.

This guide suggests books, videos, and websites for learning about Native American heritage.

SCC Resources

The SCC Center for Inclusion and Diversity provides multicultural resources, advocacy, activities, programming and club activities to ensure the success of SCC students. 

Native American Student Organization (NASO), a student club, meets Tuesdays at 1:30pm in the upstairs conference room located in the SCC Lair (Bldg. 6). All are welcome to attend.

SCC Library: Native American Heritage Month book display

SCC Library is hosting a Native American Heritage Month display in November. Some books on display include: