Native American Heritage Month recognizes the histories and continuing invaluable contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people in the United States. This month honors the rich diversity of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian cultures, traditions, and languages, and it focuses on how heritage intersects with health. By working together to raise awareness of health disparities and providing a platform for national American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian health organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities, we can all help move communities toward health equity.
Organizations Focused on Indigenous Breastfeeding:
When Indigenous people were dispossessed from their land, they not only lost their homes but were separated from their way of life. And in many cases, children were forcefully taken from their families. How does breastfeeding and safe sleep practices fit within the context of this historical trauma? Here, two Native American health professionals offer advice.
Created by: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, and National Park Service
The Tribal Trailblazer awards honor individuals of American Indian/Native American and Alaska Native heritage who are actively promoting maternal and child health and breastfeeding support in their Tribes. The dedication and commitment of these outstanding community leaders are helping improve the lives of Indigenous families and communities.