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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month 2021
Native American Heritage Month 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month and NPR is celebrating by highlighting different Indigenous stories and culture throughout the public media sphere. Tiny Desk will be featuring Indigenous artists like William Prince, Ya Tseen and Raye Zaragoza. Celebrate with us by listening to these podcasts, Tiny Desk Concerts and reading through our resource list. Happy Native American Heritage Month!


  • Code Switch: Blood Quantum - SOON
  • Code Switch: Indigenous Authors- 11/17 
  • TED Radio Hour: Sean Sherman: What Can We Learn From Indigenous Culinary Traditions?
  • Code Switch: Thank You, Next
  • Code Switch: Indian Boarding Schools' Traumatic Legacy, And The Fight To Get Native Ancestors Back
  • Fresh Air: 'Poet Warrior' Joy Harjo Wants Native Peoples To Be Seen As Human
  • Highlights:

    Faces of NPR: Devin Mellor

    Training/Sources: NPR Diverse Sources Database: Native American Issues

    Indigenous stories highlighted here.

    Station work:

    The public media network serves a diverse range of communities including stations that are licensed to Native American tribes or serve Indigenous populations in their service areas.

    These organizations report on issues relevant to their communities in the realms of public health, climate change knowledge, land acknowledgment, and so much more.

    Whether it be on-the-ground community reporting, podcasting, or musical and cultural initiatives, public media organizations serve and recognize Indigenous contributions and heritage year-round.

    Here is a sampling of some of the public media organizations serving Native populations:

  • Native Public Media
  • Native Voice One
  • KCUK
  • KIDE
  • KNBA
  • KSUT Tribal Radio
  • KUYI
  • KWSO
  • Here are some NPR Member station podcasts focused on Native Issues:

  • KUNM: Let's Talk New Mexico
  • Nevada Public Radio: Native Nevada
  • Wyoming Public Media: The Modern West Season2
  • This blog post will be updated throughout the month with new stories and highlights!

    Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

    Sommer Hill (she/her) is a social media associate for NPR Extra. She started with NPR in May 2021. Her primary responsibilities include managing the social media accounts for NPR Extra as well as creating blog posts for NPR.org. In her time at NPR, Hill has worked on many projects including the Tiny Desk Contest, the How I Built This Summit, creating a resource page for Juneteenth material, participating in the 'What Juneteenth Means To Me' video and contributing to WOC/POC meetings.
    Emily Hamilton