Civics Resources for Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving by extending the conversation prompted by Indigenous People Day.  As students prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones (present and absent), how can immigrant adult learners learn from Native Americans to nurture and preserve their culture and engage their youth?

The resources below are a follow-up to the Oct 2023 Civics Resources for Indigenous Peoples Day and Native American Heritage Month Check back for updates.

American English at State: Spotlight: Thanksgiving 

California Indian Education for All: Thanksgiving Teaching Toolkit | Classroom Resource: Thanksgiving (scroll down)

Common Sense: Free Learning Resources for Native American Heritage Month (K12)

DOI: Bureau of Indian Affairs 

Facing History and Ourselves: 18 Teacher Resources on Native American History and Culture

Gilder Lehrman Institute: Thanksgiving (9-12, AP)

Girls Write Now: 34 Books By Indigenous Authors to Read for Thanksgiving Break (And Every Day)

High Country News: Indigenous Affairs

Indian Country Today:  website | YouTube Channel | A Wampanoag retelling of Thanksgiving

Indian Law Resource Center: website

ISTE: 15 Resources for Teaching Native American History and Culture

LOC: Today in History: Thanksgiving Day | Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples Poetry 

National Archives:  Native American Heritage Month | Thanksgiving

National Congress of Native Americans: Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction | pdf

Native Lands Digital: map | teacher guide | using map to understand treaties | territory acknowledgement

Native America Calling: news and podcast

Native Gov: Resources

Native Hope: The History of Thanksgiving from the Native American Perspective

NEA: Resources for Teaching About Indigenous Peoples (K12)

NEH: American Indian History and Heritage

NMAI: Native Knowledge 360 

NPS: Native American Heritage Month | Alaska and Indigenous Peoples Day | Native American Heritage

News from Native California: magazine


Plimoth Patuxet: Digital Classroom

Southern Poverty Law Center: Learning for Justice: Celebrate Native American Heritage

Smithsonian Channel: The Tragic Truth Behind Wampanoag, Squanto, & the Thanksgiving Story

Story Corps:

This I Believe: Native American Heritage MonthThanksgiving | Rice for Thanksgiving 

UMN Duluth: Resources for Teaching American Indian History and Culture

United American Indians of New England: National Day of Mourning



  • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month page
  • U.S. Citizenship Resources for Thanksgiving page
    • A US Citizenship Quiz about the History of Thanksgiving video / mp3 / pdf
    • Thanksgiving N-400 Interview pdf 
    • A Citizenship Quiz for Thanksgiving pdf
    • A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10 qs in honor of Thanksgiving 2015 pdf 

VOA: Native America (features and weekly summary stories)

Washington Post: “Why Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a celebration: a Native American writer’s take,” a perspective by Tommy Orange

Wikipedia: List of organizations that self-identify as Native American tribes