Native American Heritage Month
Two of the local Native American tribes of the Monterey Bay area are the Ohlone and Esselen. Since 1990, when President H.W. Bush designated the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, we have honored the the foundational contributions made by Native Americans to the establishment and growth of the U.S. Proponents of establishing an “American Indian Day” had called upon the country since 1915 to observe such a day. While 24 state governments endorsed the idea on December 14, 1915, there is no record of such a national day being proclaimed. Visit the National Native American Heritage collaborative website, or visit the Library for a wide selection of titles that pay tribute to the experiences and rich traditions of Indigenous Americans.