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Native American Heritage Month

Observance celebrates histories, traditions

Two members of a Native American tribe hold hands during a dance ceremony in Chesapeake, VA, in 2011.

November is Native American Heritage Month, which honors the cultures, histories, traditions and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

USPS employs about 4,000 individuals who identify themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native. The American Indian and Alaska Native population in the United States is approximately 6.8 million, according to U.S. Census data.

The Postal Service has issued several stamps that honor American Indians, including Indian Hunting Buffalo (1898), the first stamp to portray a uniquely Native American theme; four American Folk Art stamps (1977); five American Indian Dances stamps (1996); and 10 Art of the American Indian stamps (2004).

The federal government’s Native American Heritage Month site has more information.

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